Tiger Day 2020
International Tiger Day is celebrated annually on July 29 to spread awareness about the need to protect tigers which are an endangered species. Tigers have lost 90% of their natural habitat and their world population is less than 4,000. History of International Tiger Day The realization that the wild tiger population has dropped by more than 95% since the beginning of the 20th century, led to the creation of International Tiger Day.
The day was marked for the first time in November 2010 at the ‘Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit’ in Russia, which aimed to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of the big cats and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues around the world. Thirteen tiger-range countries participated in the Summit, namely: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Summit host Russia. The Summit decided on the goal to increase the population of wild tigers to over 6,000 by 2022 As per ‘Status of Tigers, Co-predators & Prey in India’ report released by Union forest and environment minister Prakash Javadekar on the eve of International Tiger Day, total big cat population in India stands at 2,967 as compared to 1,400 in 2014. As per estimates, India is home to 75% of the world’s tiger population. India’s Project Tiger was launched in 1973 with just 9 tiger reserves. “Today, India has 50 reserves having 2,967 tigers.
News desk, Ne India News.