International Tiger Day!
The world celebrates Global Tiger Day on July 29th to show our collective support for the glorious yet endangered big cat. International Tiger Day or Global Tiger Day is a yearly celebration across the world to raise awareness for tiger conservation and aims at increasing awareness towards the conservation of tigers worldwide.
The day was first celebrated in 2010 following the Tiger Summit held in St. Petersburg where the focus was on raising awareness and protecting the animals and their natural habitat. The main goal of Tiger Day is to make sure that the protection and expansion of wild tiger habitats is promoted well. And this can happen only with the right awareness for tiger conservation. Some of the main reasons that led to the dwindling number of tigers are climate change, poaching and urbanization.
Tigers are the greatest of all cats – males can weigh up to 660 pounds and grow to over 10 feet from head to tail. White tigers carry a gene that is only present in 1 in 10,000 tigers. Be it the Royal Bengal Tiger or a Siberian or Sumatran, each kind has an allure that exceeds everything else in the woods. Each tiger has an exclusive set of stripes which makes it exclusively recognizable in the wild.
A tiger's 'roar' can be heard from as far as 3 km away. Tigers are big beautiful animals and they certainly deserve to exist for a long time in the world. Like you and me, they too have a history and we can’t let them go extinct. We have seen a dramatic decrease in tiger population over the last century. Worldwide, tigers are on the brink of extinction with many kinds listed as critically endangered. Tigers have already lost 93% of their historical range. When a species goes extinct, it leaves behind a scar. Similarly, the presence of tigers in the forest is an indicator of the well-being of the ecosystem. The tiger becomes the symbol for the protection of all species on our earth since it is at the top of the food chain. This is why we sometimes call the tiger, an apex predator, and an indicator of our ecosystem's health.
Why is there a Need to Save Tigers?
- Tigers shape the ecosystem by preserving the environmental integrity.
- Tiger is the indicator of the forest health. Saving the tiger means saving its entire forest kingdom with all the other animals in it.
- Tigers limit pasturing and over-grazing by herbivores.
- Tigers need vast areas for dwelling which at the end become home for a number of other wild species.
- Tigers can directly help some of the world’s poorest communities. Tigers are a major stardom of tourism in jungles.
- In India, nearly 350 streams spring from Tiger Reserves which indirectly help in managing floods and provide clean air.
- The utmost important reason to save tigers is that this species might become extinct in the next 25 years. Just so you know Caspian, Balinese and Javan tigers have already become extinct so far.
- Tiger is a symbol of National pride. If it disappears, a part of India’s uniqueness will be lost forever.
A few things that we can do to save Tigers are:
- Protect tigers and their habitat.
- Use forest-friendly products, avoid all endangered animal products.
- Say NO to products made of tiger skin, tiger parts and items prepared from tiger derivatives.
- Protect forests and support wildlife sanctuaries.
- Help prevent wildlife trade.
- Restrict the use of products made of Palm oil.
- Create awareness for wildlife and biological conservation.
- Avoid using products manufactured through forest destruction.
- Be a responsible tourist – The wilderness is to be experienced and not to be disturbed and polluted.
- By reducing the use of products derived from forests, such as timber and paper we can reduce burden on natural resources.
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