International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day is sometimes referred to as Global Tiger Day and is an annual event organised to raise awareness about the importance of tiger conservation. It is held every year on the 29th of July. NGOs, government organisations and ordinary citizens from every nook and corner of the world organise awareness programmes on this day to spread the significance of protecting the tiger. Tiger Day was first celebrated in the year, 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit and was conceptualized when experts realised that tigers were very close to extinction.
Many factors have caused tigers to dwindle, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting and poaching. Hence, by celebrating Tiger Day, it aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need of conservation. From ancient times, the tiger has been the subject of constant attraction for their beauty and size and sometimes mythical stories are associated with it. Man’s fascination of the tiger is evident from the fact that the tiger is still a part of many national symbols and flags. In India, it is the national animal. The images of tigers are also seen in many prehistoric cave carvings and it is even worshiped in some countries of the world. Destruction of tiger population is very much symbolic and is also a glaring indicator about the massive deforestation happening across the world.
If tigers get extinct from our forests completely, we will not only lose a species that is essential to many ecosystems, but it also means that enough forest habitats has been destroyed which can endanger many other animal species. For us, tigers are the symbol of wildlife’s fight for survival. It reminds us about the eminent dangers we face because of man’s greed and over exploitation of our Mother Nature.
JUBEL D’CRUZ
Mumbai, India

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