On July 29, International Tiger Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the wild cat’s protection, which has seen a population decline of over 95% in the last 150 years. The tiger population has exhibited modest expansion as a result of several countries taking measures to combat poaching, illegal wildlife trade, human-animal conflict, and habitat loss, among other things. Not only that, but tree cutting contributes greatly to habitat destruction, resulting in a decrease in the number of tigers.
International Tiger Day has a long and illustrious history.
At the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia on July 29, 2010, a number of countries signed an agreement. The governments agreed to increase awareness about the tiger’s severe decline in numbers and the efforts that must be taken to prevent the animal from becoming extinct. Not only that, but several tiger-rich countries have pledged to try to increase the animal population by 2022.
Theme of the 2021 International Tiger Day
“Their Survival is in Our Hands” is the theme for the 2021 International Tiger Day. Due to the new coronavirus pandemic last year, the day was marked online, but there was no lack of enthusiasm. People all throughout the world recognized the significance of the day and participated in their own unique ways to the celebrations. Remarkably, India is home to approximately 70% of the world’s total tiger population and has already surpassed its goal of tripling its population.
The current wild cat population is 3,900, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). As previously stated, the WWF, in collaboration with countries having tiger populations, hopes to double the number of tigers to 6,000 by next year. The day is all the more significant because there was a period when tigers could be found wandering across most of Africa. Poaching, illicit wildlife trade, and habitat loss, on the other hand, have reduced their population and range by roughly 7%.
INDIA contribution in Tiger Rehabilitation under International Tiger Day
There are 51 tiger reserves in India, spread over 18 states. The population of India’s national animal increased according to the 2018 tiger census.
Taj Safaris, India’s first and only luxury wildlife circuit, celebrates International Tiger Day by bringing to life stories of the forests, which are located in the heart of India’s tiger country. Discover the wonders of nature with Taj Safaris’ professional naturalists. The elusive striped cat guarding the entire environment will be the focus of Head Naturalist Karun Verma from Mahua Kothi, A Taj Safari – Bandhavgarh National Park.
Famous Naturalists Akash Panchbudhe and Vipul Turkar from Baghvan(India), A Taj Safari – Pench National Park, will discuss the cuckoo birds’ survival story, while Head Naturalist Narayan Rangaswami from Banjaar Tola, A Taj Safari – Kanha National Park, will focus on the return of the enticing Barasingha.
Naturalists Kopal Thakur and Bopanna Yohanan from Pashan Garh, A Taj Safari – Panna National Park, will speak about the different types of topographies that the jungles have to offer.
Taj Safaris provides the finest wildlife experience, based on its culture of social and environmental responsibility. Taj Safaris has built various development programs that assure participation with the surrounding people in creating little but substantial contributions, based on a proven sustainable ecotourism approach.
Naturalist-led safari drives allow visitors to see the world through the eyes of the wild, delivering an unforgettable experience in the midst of some of the world’s most renowned National Parks in India and Nepal.
From July 29 to September 4, Taj Safaris will present a four-part webinar series called Nature Talks with Taj Safaris, which will provide viewers a glimpse into the fascinating realm of the animal kingdom.
Worldwide contribution with social #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
Every year on July 29th, International Tiger Day is observed to raise awareness about this majestic yet endangered large cat. Tx2 – the global objective to double the population of wild tigers by 2022 – was established in 2010, when the 13 tiger range countries got together to create the day.
This year’s Global Tiger Days have been one of the most united and thrilling yet, marking the halfway point of this ambitious aim.
The #ThumbsUpForTigers campaign was brought together with the help of WWF. The WWF is calling on all offices, organizations, celebrities, government officials, families, friends, and individuals from throughout the world to show tiger range countries that widespread support for tiger conservation initiatives and the Tx2 target exists.
Take a peek at the nations listed below to see some of the highlights from International Tiger Day around the world.
BHUTAN #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
Bhutan conducted its first national tiger survey last year, and the results (103 wild tigers) were revealed on Global Tiger Day 2015. On this year’s International Tiger Day, more thrilling news from the Himalayan country emerged: a wild tiger was photographed in Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS).
Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) is a place where wild tigers haven’t been sighted in nearly two decades! People all around Bhutan demonstrated their support for the #ThumbsUpForTigers campaign, with many eager to show their support for the Tx2 objective of doubling wild tiger numbers.
NEPAL #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
The findings of a tiger monitoring research done in Bardia National Park in Nepal’s Terai Arc Landscape were revealed on International Tiger Day. It demonstrating an increase in tiger numbers. To commemorate the day, the government of Nepal, in collaboration with WWF Nepal, the National Trust for Nature Conservation, and the Zoological Society of London.
They hosted a panel discussion in Kathmandu that focused on the scientific, societal, and economic rationale for tiger conservation, as well as the need to address wildlife crime. Representatives from the local community, the Nepal Army, the Nepal Police, the tourism and infrastructure development sectors, and the government made up the panel.
INDONESIA #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
After the demise of tigers on the islands of Java and Bali in the previous century, Indonesia’s wild tigers now only exist on the island of Sumatra. With fewer than 400 tigers living in Sumatra and a severely endangered IUCN categorization, immediate action is required to safeguard this wonderful animal.
On this Global Tiger Day, events were held in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, and across the island of Sumatra, with people from all across the country showing their support for tiger conservation and the Tx2 target.
An exhibition of 371 Paper Mache Tiger, symbolizing the number of wild tigers left in Indonesia, was presented in one of the city’s largest malls. Six video traps were given by Senayan City Mall in support of Sumatran tiger conservation efforts.
An outdoor event was staged in Central Sumatra to increase awareness about the necessity of law enforcement work against wildlife crime and to gain support for the cause. A sketching competition, an introduction to the use of camera traps, and even a photo selfie contest with photos captured from camera traps during the event were all part of the festivities.
A gathering of youths at the Baiturahman Grand Mosque landmark in Banda Aceh observed the celebration in Aceh. The kids, who had tiger stripes painted on their faces, demanded that the Sumatran tiger be protected. Some wore tiger masks, read poetry, and staged a flashmob, inviting members of the public to participate.
MALAYSIA #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
Malaysian tigers are highly endangered, with about 250 left in the wild. WWF-Malaysia and Maybank held an exhibition to raise awareness about the condition of Malaysia’s national animal – and the efforts being made to increase the conservation of wild tiger populations in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex – on International Tiger Day.
On Global Tiger Day, the public was encouraged to pledge their support with their fingerprints, and the final artwork was unveiled at the Maybank Head Office in Kuala Lumpur.
“Poaching, habitat loss, forest degradation, and fragmentation have all contributed to the disappearance of Malaysia’s tigers. The IUCN Red List currently lists the Malayan Tiger as a “Critically Endangered” species. To double the number of tigers in the wild, we need to unite our efforts at full strength.” WWF-Malaysia CEO Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma
INDIA #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
India is home to 2,226 wild tigers, more than half of the world’s total. Global Tiger Day was celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm in all WWF tiger landscapes.
The teams held week-long celebrations to raise awareness about tiger protection and strengthen the relationship between people and wildlife. Thousands of local residents and young people were encouraged to get involved in conservation efforts and think about the ‘tiger.’
During this year’s events, about 4,000 people from all walks of life were reached out to across Satpuda Maikal, Sundarbans, Terai Arc, Western Ghats Nilgiris, and Western India Tiger Landscapes. The Thumbs Up For Tigers campaign was held in all places, with people showing their support and dedication to doubling the number of wild tigers.
CAMBODIA #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
Since 2007, there has been no trace of tigers in Cambodia, and tigers are regarded functionally extinct in the country. WWF-Cambodia, on the other hand, supports the Cambodian government’s ambitions to reintroduce tigers. An event was conducted at the AEON Mall to mark Global Tiger Day.
An exhibition about tigers was on display, and a ranger spoke about the essential work that they do. A video competition was also held by WWF-Cambodia to increase awareness about the need for forest and wildlife conservation.
CHINA #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
In Northeast China, there is evidence of tigers recovering and reproducing. The country is now conducting tiger surveys in order to get a rough estimate of the population. WWF-China and WWF-Russia collaborated to hold a two-day extravaganza in China to commemorate Global Tiger Day.
Government officials, tiger experts, and corporate delegations attended the festival, which included presentations by officials, representatives from wildlife reserves, and WWF offices. Small-group conversations concerning tiger conservation between corporations and nature reserves were held, as well as a field excursion for corporate delegations.
TAIWAN #ThumbsUpForTigers under International Tiger Day
The four-day Asia Pacific Regional Governance Forum (APrIGF) in Taipei included DotAsia, a non-profit organization, and Tx2 ambassador. DotAsia, in collaboration with TRAFFIC East Asia and the World Wildlife Fund, rallied support for the Tx2 goal, which aims to double the population of wild tigers on the planet.
The internet’s position as a marketplace for illegal wildlife trade has been identified as a threat to tiger conservation. However, the use of SMART technology and the aid it provides to rangers in the field has highlighted the relevance of technology as a beneficial medium for tiger conservation.