The annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation is known as the International tiger day or global tiger day held on July 29 every year.
To promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation is the main goal of this day. Conservation for the tigers was primarily raised in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger summit.
In 1956 when hunting tigers was practiced, Tiger Man of India Late Sh. Kailash Sankhala raised a voice in favor of protecting the tigers and spread the message to help tigers from the brink of extinction.
In 1973 Project Tiger was launched from the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, INDIA by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Tiger Census report revealed that India has 70 percent of the world’s tiger population as per union Environment Minister PrakashJavadekar on Tuesday report.
He further said that” At the international level, we have a lot of soft powers, but one soft power is that the country has animals. India has 30,000 elephants, 3,000 one-horned rhinos, and more than 500 lions”. India is ready to work with all 13 tiger range countries in their actual management of tiger reserves.
According to the India Tiger Census 2018, the tiger population in India had raised from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 tigers in 2018.
However, Odisha shows zero in the rise of the tiger population, and the number remains constant at 28 of Satkosia and Simlipal tiger reserve. The good news is that melanistic black tigers are found only in Simlipal in the world.
In 2018 under India’s first Inter-state tiger relocation project in Satkosia, two tigers were relocate done of them was reportedly killed by poachers while the other has been caged due to conflicts with villagers. Now only one tiger is left in Satkosia Tiger Reserve.
Younger than one-year tiger cubs are not counted in the census as their survival is uncertain. Wildlife expert Biswajit Mohanty said that Odisha could have added 12-15 tigers in the coming 4 years.
Madhya Pradesh saw the biggest growth of 71 percent increase in the number from 308 tigers to 526 tigers in 2018. Chattisgarh and Mizoram show a decline in tiger numbers.
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Article written by SOMANATH SAHU
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