The number of wild tigers living in India dropped from an estimated $40,000$ at the turn of the century to $2,000$ in $1970.$ Although determined conservation efforts have halted the precipitous decline, the survival of the wild tiger in India is uncertain even now. Still, it is beyond doubt that if the tiger is to survive in the wild at all, its best chance is in India.
The statements above, if true, support which of the following ?
- There are now more than $2,000$ wild tigers surviving in India.
- There are fewer than $2000$ wild tigers living in the wild outside of India.
- If tigers fail to survive in the wild of India, the species will become extinct.
- The survival of the wild tiger in countries other than India is also endangered.