According to tigerday.org, we have lost 97% of all wild tigers in a bit over 100 years. Instead of 100,000, as few as 3000 live in the wild today, last year it was 3200! A number of Tiger species have already been extinct.
Tigers may be one of the most admired animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction.
Tigers lost 93% of their natural habitat due to the expansion of cities and agriculture by humans.
According to a recent survey, Bangladesh has only about 100 tigers living in the world's largest mangrove forest Sundarbans. During the previous census conducted in 2004 Sundarbans was home to 440 big cats.
Sundarbans is counted among one of the world's largest tiger populations.
Here are some facts about International Tiger Day
- International Tiger Day is held annually on July 29 to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers.
- It is observed as both an awareness and celebration day
- It was started at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010.
- This was done because at that moment wild tigers were too close to extinction.
- The goal of Tiger Day is to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tigers habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation.