International Tiger Day
Date When Celebrated : July 29
International Tiger Day, also called Global Tiger Day, celebrates tigers, the largest cat on the planet. Tigers are arguably the most beautiful and majestic cat on the planet, too. Love 'em, hate 'em, or just plain scared of them, one must admit that they are indeed a beautiful animal.
At an International Tiger Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the plight of wild tigers came into full focus. Over the last century, the world-wild tiger population dropped 97% (not including tigers in zoos). With only an estimated 3,000 tigers left in the wild, they are on the brink of extinction. The drastic population loss was due to several factors, among them was hunting, poaching, and loss of habitat. This international groups sought raise awareness to the plight of the tiger, and to protect and expand their habitat. Their goals and endeavors, are an international effort.
There are many things you can do to celebrate this special day and help this endangered species. Here are a few ideas:
International Tiger Day originated in 2010. It was founded at an International Tiger Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia. There are several sponsors, including the World Wildlife Federation
This is truly an "International" day. The plight of the tiger, and efforts to grow its population in the wild, is supported by many countries and international groups.
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