International Tiger Day

Today is International Tiger Day – 28th July 2021. It’s significance and theme this year.

 Theme this year: “Their survival is in our hands”.

The day is observed to spread awareness about dangers faced by tigers, the threat to their natural habitats due to natural or man-made reasons, to protect them from poachers. Wild tiger numbers dropped by more than 95% since the beginning of the 20th century.

Over 18 States in India provide habitat for tigers. 70% of the total number of tigers in the world are in India. National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have mapped 32 major tiger corridors and several smaller ones. (By: ANI)

It has been reported that the number of India has increased over time due to active actions by local community. Reportedly approximately 3,900 tigers now. It is reportedly also known that many tigers live in cage rather than out in wild.

The tiger is officially declared as endangered by the IUCN.

Tiger daywas celebrated first in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia.13 tiger range countries came together to create Tx2, the global goal to double the number of wild tigers by the year 2022. Government officials, citizens, celebrities and many organizations from all over the world came together and showed the tiger range countries that there is worldwide support for tiger conservation efforts and to encourage the Tx2 goal.

“Doubling tigers is about tigers, about the whole of nature – and it’s also about us” 

Marco Lambertini, Director General WWF

WWF has contributed greatly to this cause. Animal adoptions, funding local communities to help them in tiger conservation, reducing poaching, and creating awareness by letting people be in proximity of this beautiful and ferocious animal to encourage them to take actoins.

Facts about tigers:

  • Tigers are nocturnal creatures. They prefer engaging in most of their hunting activities at night. 
  • Tiger cubs are born blind. They follow their mother through her scent, almost half of them die due to thirst, hunger, or by other animals.
  • Unlike other cats, tigers like to play and hunt in water.
  • Their lifespan is about 25 years.
  • Ambush/ Steak : When a tiger are in a group, also when a tigress is with her cub.
  • Hybrid Cubs:
    • Tigon : Male cat and female lion’s cub is called Tigon.
    • Liger: Male lion and female tiger’s cub is called LIger.
  • They can imitate any animal!!
  • They do not normally look at humans as a prey.

What can you do to conserve our precious King of the jungle?

  1. For starters, learn about them, their habitats.
  2. Get acknowledged with organizations near you. Gather information about how they work and in what ways you can contribute.
  3. Visit WWF site, adoption, foster, donation and spread awareness by sharing it among your friends.
  4. Tigers are very important for our ecosystem. Advocate for banning poaching and hunting.
  5. Try to reduce pollution, garbage on land, sea, forest; when you visit them.
  6. Actively become the voice for our dear animals and roar for their right to live.