7th World Tiger Day celebrated in India
Global Tiger Day, often called International Tiger Day, is celebrated on July 29 to give worldwide awareness on the reservation of tigers. It was first created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit and has been celebrated since then. This was initiated because the wild tigers are close to extinction.
The Tiger Day is to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tigers habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation. In order to protect tigers and their natural habitat, Tiger Day is celebrated worldwide.
The factors that led to the dwindling number of tigers are climate change, habitat loss, hunting and poaching. The Tiger Day aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need for conservation.
In the last 10 years, India has seen a steady rise in the number of tigers. According to the 2011 census report, released by the Indian government puts the number of tigers at 1,706, which shows an increase in the number of tigers by about 295.
According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, "13 tigers were hunted in 2011 as opposed to 30 in 2010, a decline of 57 percent." We should applaud the government of India for all of their efforts in protecting these magnificent big cats. In India, reported tiger deaths related to poaching reached an all time high in 2016.
The steps taken by the Government to protect tigers and increase the population numbers are through tiger reserves, punishing poachers with imprisonment and fines, and through effective patrolling strategies. Project Tiger was launched in 1973 by the Government of India. Today, India holds over half the world's tiger population. There are around 39 preserves set up across the country to protect tigers and their natural habitat.