The Bengal tiger or Royal Bengal tiger found in India has plunged to 1,411 drastically lower than the estimated 3,700 believed to exist 5 years ago.
Project Tiger, a group dedicated to preserving the population of the rare animals headed by Rajesh Gopal unveiled the latest figures.
Survey in 2002 had estimated the number of tigers in India at 3,700. Poachers killed 122 tigers between 1999 and 2003, the government said in 2005.
Indian Bengal Tigers are hunted for their pelts, claws and bones, which are prized in traditional Chinese medicine.