Global tiger day also known as International Tiger Day celebrated on July 29 every year is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation.
It was first celebrated in the year 2010 at St Petersburg Tiger Summit. The motive behind celebrating this is to promote a global system for the natural habitat of tigers, to raise public awareness and also to support tiger conservation issues.
One of the strongest is the Pathera Tigris or tigers. Black white and orange are species of their own. Tigers are apex predator, they have a special place in our ecosystem and also even higher in endangered list.
According to a 2018 report submitted by National Tiger Count, the population of tiger in the state has seen a raise by 64 percent since 2014. Earlier the count used to be somewhere between 100 -90 in 2014, which now has jumped to a count of 312 tigers.
Prime Minister Naredra Modi has declared a raise in the number of tigers, nationally and has also mentioned that the country is sheltering 2967 tigers currently. The tiger conservation campaign by the forest department has been effective in the increase of the felines.
PM Modi has also submitted a detailed report on the population of tigers. This report shows that the number of tigers in the country has increased by 20 percent in last four years.
Since last four years some tigers of the state were assumed to be missing or suspiciously dead, which raised concern and had triggered various awareness campaigns to get active. The population of tigers in Maharashtra is now has now added 122 new tigers in its count and the total population being 312 since 2014. To keep a track on the population the forest department is also planning to monitor the movement of tigers through e-survey.
On the other hand poaching, habitat loss and fragmentation have reduced the global population of tigers from over 100,000 in the 1900’s to less than 4000 in 1970’s.
There are total 9 sub species of tigers out of which three have become extinct in last 80 years; an average of one every 20 year. It have been predicted that all tigers may become extinct in the wild within the next decade.
Conservation is today’s need to save tigers and for the ecosystem and our natural habitat.
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