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India 'will step up tiger conservation efforts'

Wildlife enthusiasts who are keen to book India holidays and see its wild tigers may be interested to note that the country has sought international funding for its conservation efforts.

The majestic animals are most commonly found on the sub-continent, but numbers have fallen dramatically over the last century. Currently, India has around 1,400 tigers in the wild out of a total global population of about 3,200.

President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick told The Financial Times that the Indian government is seeking monetary support for a year of conservation-themed events, which it hopes will begin from February 2010.

India feels it is under pressure to step up its own wildlife efforts, the news provider claimed, as China is celebrating 2010 as the Year of the Tiger, while Russia will hold an international summit on the plight of the species.

Travellers who are keen to see the famous animals may wish to book on to The Adventure Company's Wildlife Safari holiday, which takes in some of the best wildlife reserves in northern India.

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