A viral photo of a tiger and her 5 cubs shows how the species is bouncing back from extinction

The tiger population in India is bouncing back.

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The tiger population in India is bouncing back.
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Courtesy of Siddharth Singh

India’s wild tiger population is finally on the rise.

According to a tiger census released by the Indian government, India’s tiger population has increased 33% since 2014. There are now around 3,000 Bengal tigers in the wild in India thanks to conservation efforts, stricter wildlife policies, and better safety monitoring.

One Indian Forest Service officer saw proof of tigers’ increasing numbers in Dudhwa National Park. Siddharth Singh snapped a photo of a tiger walking along a forest path with five cubs.

Singh’s colleague, IFS member Parveen Kaswan, shared his photo on Twitter, where it went viral with over 15,000 likes and over 3,000 retweets.

Tigers as a whole species still have a long way to go. World Wildlife Fund estimates that there are only around 3,900 tigers left in the entire world. But the heartwarming photo of a tiger guiding her cubs through the trees inspired hope that they will eventually outgrow their label of an endangered species.