Global Tiger Day – Its Significance
This year marks the fifth Global Tiger Day. Established in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit, July 29th is dedicated to the worldwide awareness and support for tiger conservation. Less than a century ago, 1,00,000 tigers roamed the forests of Asia, but today only about 3,000 tigers survive in the wild. With the four primary issues of poaching, habitat destruction, man-animal conflict, and diminishing prey base being more rampant than ever before, the future of India’s iconic big cat remains uncertain.
Apart from tackling the grave issue of poaching and trade in tiger parts, one of the main issues that require immediate attention in regard to tiger conservation is the fragmentation, degradation and shrinking of habitat. A rise in encroachments into Protected Areas brings with it critical issues such as deforestation and the conversion of buffer zones into farmland. Consequently as the sizes of wildlife reserves shrink, one of the main problems tigers face today is conflict with humans living adjoining their habitats.
At the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010, the panel declared their principal goal of doubling wild tiger populations by the year 2022. This lead to the establishment of the Global Tiger Recovery Programme. From worldwide fundraisers to workshops and campaigns, Global Tiger Day has gained tremendous recognition over the last five years, making it an important event for wildlife conservation and awareness.
It is not uncommon to feel helpless in the face of an issue that requires an immense amount of awareness, support, and effort. However there are numerous ways in which every person can be an active participant on Global Tiger Day and aid tiger conservation.
One way to support conservation is to raise awareness by participating in campaigns organized in your local area. Taking to the Internet and social media is another way to reach out to people and communicate the urgency to support tiger conservation. From signing petitions and circulating impactful articles and videos, the Internet is a tool that can make a mountain of a difference in today’s technological age. Last but not least, one of the most effective ways to actively aid tiger conservation is to volunteer at various NGOs dedicated to wildlife protection. Offering your time and expertise to a wildlife conservation organisation is not only going to benefit the tiger and its habitat, but might also give you an opportunity to be involved in field projects that could lead to adventures you won’t forget.
Read interesting articles on tigers, tiger defenders and their conservation efforts in India –
Tiger Defenders: Poonam And Harshawardhan Dhanwatey Tadoba Tiger Reserve.