On 29th July 2016 The International Tiger Day which is also known as Global TIGER Day was observed. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific today marked International Tiger Day with a call for urgent action to protect tigers and combat illegal trade in wildlife. Global tiger day is celebrated with an aim to raise awareness for tiger conservation. The goal of observance of the International Day is basically to promote the protection and expansion of the wild tiger’s habitats and to gain support through awareness for tiger conservation. United Nations is reiterating its call for zero tolerance for wildlife crime as part of its 2016 Wild for Lifecampaign, which aims to mobilize millions of people around the world to take personal action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.
However, number of international organisations are involved in the celebration of this day, including the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) etc.
- Tigers are the biggest cat species and the only large cats with stripes.
- They can weigh up to 300 kilograms and can live up to 26 years, according to wildlife conservation group, WWF.
- Tigers are built for predation.
- They have knife-sharp claws, powerful forelegs and huge teeth and jaws which in an instant work together to strike down prey. And they need a lot of meat to fuel their activities.
- The predator can eat nearly 40 kilograms of meat in one sitting.
About Tiger Day
- Global Tiger Day (#TigerDay) was founded in 2010 by the International Tiger Conservation Forum, a meeting of the world’s tiger-range countries in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- As part of the 12-year Global Tiger Recovery Program adopted at the meeting, July 29 is celebrated annually as a way to build tiger conservation awareness.
According to figures available on the official website for International Tiger Day, the largest tiger population in the world is in India, which has 1,706 of the 3,948 tigers across the globe, primarily in Asia. Closure of operations in Asia linked to illegal tiger trade, commonly referred to as ‘tiger farms’ to distinguish them from legitimate zoos or captive breeding facilities established for conservation purposes, would significantly boost efforts to save the world’s remaining wild tigers.