International Tigers day being observed today

International Tigers day being observed today

International Tigers day being observed today

Releasing an updated report on India's Tiger Survey from 2018, which put the country's tiger population at 2,367 - unchanged from the government's estimate a year ago - Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said it was a matter of pride for India that it was a global exemplar in tiger conservation.

The conservation charity says wild tiger numbers are rising in Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Russian Federation.

He said the programme aims at further increasing the tiger population in the country.Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State in the Environment Ministry, Babul Supriyo said, acknowledgement of increased numbers of Tiger in the country by Guinness Book World Record is a matter of pride. The former also registered a substantial increase in tiger population, and along with Karnataka, ranks highest in tiger numbers. He also said that India is tirelessly working with all 13 tiger range countries towards nurturing the tiger. It comes a decade after the launch of an ambitious project to double numbers of the predator called TX2.

Global conservationists untied for the scheme which sought to double the number of tigers worldwide by 2022 - the Chinese year of the tiger.

It showed the population had grown 6% a year between 2006 and 2018. On International Tiger Day, several countries discuss issues related to tiger conservation and also try to amass funds for wildlife preservation.

July 29 is celebrated across the world as International Tiger Day to raise awareness about the dwindling number of striped cats, who are on the brink of extinction, and to encourage tiger conservation. He said, in 1973 there were only 9 tiger reserves in the country, which has now gone up to 50.

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"More importantly, we would lose a fellow citizen of Malaysia".

And in Bhutan's Royal Manas National Park the population has increased from only 10 tigers a decade ago to 22 in 2019. It was launched in 2010 after the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.

But the country recorded a landmark moment in 2014 when camera traps captured footage of a tigress and her cubs in Jilin Wangqing Nature Reserve, indicating that tigers were breeding in China again and dispersing into new areas.

'From that population low in 2010, they are finally making a remarkable comeback in much of South Asia, Russia and China, thanks to co-ordinated and concerted conservation efforts in these countries.

"This is an achievement that not only offers a future for tigers in the wild, but for the landscapes they inhabit and the communities living alongside this iconic big cat".

Alongside poaching, other key threats are habitat loss and fragmentation, when roads or other developments isolate small populations, leading to inbreeding and a lack of genetic diversity.

The report also evaluates the status of habitat corridors that connect major tiger populations while highlighting vulnerable areas that require conservation.

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