International Tiger Day or World Tiger Day is celebrated annually on 29 July to focus on conserving tigers and saving their natural habitat.
History Of Tiger Day
The decision to recognise this day was taken in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia.
The representatives from around 13 countries announced that the tiger-populated countries would take steps to double the tiger population by 2022.
The call for action came in response to the shocker that 97% of all the tigers had disappeared in the last century, keeping just 3,900 alive in the global scenario.
Facts About Tigers
A conservation goal which was set up by the governments of 13 range countries to double the number of wild tigers by this year.
However, the tiger is still categorised as ‘endangered’. It has lost 93 percent of its range and tiger numbers have dipped from 100,000 a century ago.
As per the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), there are only 3900 wild tigers present around the globe.
Poaching, hunting, illegal trading and habitat destruction are among the leading causes.
Wild tiger populations have risen of late, thanks to countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan and Russia. Patrolling in wildlife reserves has intensified, and cooperation with people living near tiger zones has improved.
Use of cameras and the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) app have helped forest rangers reduce poaching.
Kazakhstan, which lost its wild tigers about 70 years ago, is working to reintroduce tigers by 2025.