International Tiger Day is observed on 29th July annually.
Tiger is known as an endangered species on this Planet. As we all know, the population of tiger across the globe dropped since the beginning of the 20th century. Tigers have lost 90% of natural habitat. Their global population is less than 4,000. It is said that, where Tigers thrive, it signs that the ecosystem is healthy there.
The Global Tiger day came into being in November 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia. It was aimed to protect the natural habitats of Tigers across the Globe. The 13 countries that participated in this summit namely Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and the host Russia.
Project Tiger in India.
One of the most intensive conservation efforts, Project Tiger was launched in April 1973. Administrated by National Tiger Conservation Authority. Before the Project, there were 9 reserves but presently it covers 50 reserves which have 2,967 tigers. Tiger sits at the peak of the food chain and the increased numbers are a testimony of the robust bio-diversity.
Project Tiger was launched to reduce factors of depletion of tiger habitats and mitigate them with suitable management. The damages done to the habitat shall be rectified. So to facilitate the recovery of the ecosystem to ensure a viable tiger population for economic, scientific, cultural, aesthetic, and ecological values.
How to be a part of this celebration.
Many well know animal organizations such as WWF, the IFAW, and the Smithson Institute get behind this event. You can also participate in conservation. On Twitter using Hashtags #WorldTigerDay or #InternationalTigerDay.