International Tiger Day is being observed on 29 July 2016. The day is held annually on 29th July to give worldwide attention to the preservation of tigers.
The day aims to promote the Global system of protecting habits of tiers and support for tiger conservation issues.
It was founded in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit, with the aim to double the big cat population by 2022.
Quick facts to be known:
- According to a recent survey, the world has lost 97 percent of all wild tigers in over 100 years.
- In 1915, number of tigers was 1 lakh.
- Some species of tigers have already been extinct.
- In spite of countries like India, Russia, Bhutan, and Nepal, making efforts to raise the tiger population, Status of tigers remains endangered in IUCN Red List.
- About 81 tigers were victims of poachers in 2014, making poaching biggest threat to tigers in India.
- Environmental crime industry, which includes the illegal trade of wildlife is worth 258 billion dollars, according to reports of United Nations Environment Programme and Interpol.