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Global Tiger Day

July 29, 2011

The 29th July marks Global Tiger Day, a chance to celebrate these beautiful cats in all their glory and highlight their need for protection.

Although the tiger  tops many people’s list of favourite animals, hunting has sadly pushed this magnificent feline to the brink of extinction.Historically, tigers have existed from Mesopotamia and the Caucasus throughout most of South and East Asia. Today, the range of the species is radically reduced. All surviving species are under formal protection, yet poaching, habitat destruction, andinbreeding depression continue to threaten the tigers.

Tigers are among the most recognisable and popular of the world’s charismatic megafauna. They have featured prominently in ancient mythology and folklore, and continue to be depicted in modern films and literature. Tigers appear on many flags and coats of arms, as mascots for sporting teams, and as the national animal of several Asian nations, including India.

The recently publicized death of a tiger caught in a hunter’s snare on the Indonesian island of Sumatra highlights the persistent danger the big cats face as the world celebrates Global Tiger Day today.

The tiger, a young male, was ensnared for five days before help arrived, and eventually died from its injuries. The area in Central Sumatra where the tiger was found earlier this month is under increasing pressure from poaching and logging. Only about 400 Sumatran tigers survive in the wild.

The incident comes eight months after a historic summit hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin brought together NGOs, conservationists, civil society and leaders from 13 tiger range countries to forge a plan that would see the recovery of the endangered species.

While the future may seem bleak for the Critically Endangered South China and Sumatran tigers, recent news that tiger numbers in India may be beginning to rise has inspired conservationists that all may not be lost.With this in mind, Global Tiger Day should be seen as a chance to celebrate, whilst increasing public awareness about what can be done to help.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 7:33 pm

    Thank you so much for being a voice in the world for our last remaining Wildlife and Wild places. They need immediate protection, and this protection has got to be enforced.

    Our very own lives are dependent upon the delicate balance of the eco-system… Everyone has got to stand-up and start a revolution to save all life.


    • wildsemper permalink*
      August 1, 2011 9:10 pm

      I must Thank you for appreciating my efforts in raising the voice for the voiceless wildlife and wilderness.
      Your efforts are also praise worthy when it comes to spreading the message to save the wild , all its life and living a life at peace with the ecology of our beloved planet , Thank you for your stand and revolution for this planet and all its life. 😀


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