International Tiger Day

By Sakshi Ojha|Updated : July 28th, 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • International Tiger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 29th of every year. This day is also known as World Tiger Day. As we all know, the number of tigers around the world has declined sharply since the early 1900s, but the good news is that their numbers are now rising.
  • On July 28, on the eve of World Tiger Day, Prakash Javadekar, the Federal Minister of Environment, released the "2018 All India Tiger Estimation Report" and released a poster about Indian small wild cats. 
  •  He said, “India has nearly 70% of the tiger population and leads the world.” In addition, he said that in addition to tigers, India has 30,000 elephants, 3,000 single-horned rhinos and more than 500 lions. He also pointed out that due to material resource limitations, the country has maintained almost 8% of the world's ecological diversity.
  • In 1973, India launched Project Tiger, a unique plan to save the planet's tigers. Since its formation, there have been 9 tiger reserves, but the coverage of the Tiger program has increased to 50. 
  • But according to WWF data, there are about 3,900 wild tigers left in the world. Since the beginning of the 20th century, more than 95% of the world's tiger population has disappeared. Across Asia, the trap crisis is said to pose a serious threat to wild tigers. 
  • We cannot deny that the tiger is the largest species of the cat family and one of the most emblematic animals on the planet. About a century ago, there may have been more than 100,000 tigers roaming the land.
  • There is a famous quote "Where tigers thrive, it is a sign that the ecosystem is healthy". 

History:

  • International Tiger Day was established at the Tiger Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2010 to raise awareness of the decline and danger of wild tigers and encourage tiger conservation efforts.
  • At the summit, it was announced that the government of the country where the tigers live has committed to doubling the number of tigers by 2020. 
  • Every year there are some activities organized by animal organizations, such as WWF, IFAW and Smithsonian Institution.

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