The International Tiger Day (also known as Global Tiger Day) is celebrated every year on 29 July across the world to raise awareness about tiger conservation, protect their natural habitat and support tiger conservation issues.
About International Tiger Day
Its goal is to promote global system for protectingnatural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues. It was instituted in 2010 at Saint Petersberg Tiger Summit in Russia to raise awareness regarding tiger conservation in view of alarming fall in the number of wild tigers. This summit had issued St. Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation where Governments of tiger range countries had vowed to double tiger population by the year 2020.
According to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) there are only around 3,900 wild tigers left in the world, of them, India with more than 2800 tigers has the highest number. Since beginning of the 20th century, , 97% of world’s wild tiger population has disappeared due to many factors including hunting and poaching, habitat loss and climate change.
Causes of decline in their numbers