Tigers are the most fascinating and the largest existing cat species that has recognizable dark vertical stripes on its beautiful orange fur with a lighter shade underside. Being the apex predator, it needs large regions of habitat that makes it a social yet solitary killer. Since 2010, every year on 29th July is observed as the International Tiger Day to mainly ignite the need for conserving these wonderful big cats with a celebration of their grandeur.
In 2010, the decision of observing the day for Tigers was taken at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit to spread awareness for the alarming reduction of their number. Earlier in the 20th century, the tiger population declined sharply that comes on the verge of extinction. But now the number has increased across the world to some extent.
Everyone in his/her childhood must have visited the zoo with parents to see animals but remains thrilled to see the iconic big cats whose roar fills the heart with immense happiness. This feeling is completely unique and was on the verge to extinct until we did not start understanding the need of spreading awareness for Tiger Conservation. Good times are back again as the number has increased to an impressive figure.
However, the World Wildlife Foundation says that tigers’ native to Southeast Asia are still facing survival challenges with only 3,900 in the world. But the numbers are increasing in India, Nepal, China, Bhutan and Russia. Interestingly, India has 70% of the global tiger population as informed by the Environment Minister, Prakash Javedkar based on the recent report on tiger census ahead of Tiger Day. The population of tiger increased from 1,400 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2019 in India.
To even increase it more, a real need has to be generated to amplify the number of tigers by following some self-controlled measures at an individualistic level. Apart from governments, we all have to raise voice and inform the globe that tigers are still at risk. It is said that ‘wilderness should be experienced and not to be agitated’. So be a responsible tourist while visiting for forest safari, capturing memories of wild cats, and not killing them. Also, it is vital to oppose tiger trade and say “NO” to tiger-related products. Support the movement of saving tigers in every possible manner so that our future generation can also experience the magnificence, majesty, and splendor of tigers.