International Tiger Day - 29 July

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International Tiger Day is celebrated every year on 29th July with the primary objective of raising awareness about tiger conservation globally and working towards saving this endangered species.

An Overview of the News

  • World Tiger Day originated in 2010 in Petersburg, Russia, when representatives from 13 tiger range countries came together to support the Tx2 strategy. The global objective of this strategy was to double the population of wild tigers by 2022.

  • On the occasion of Global Tiger Day celebrated in Corbett Tiger Reserve on 29 July 2023, Union Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey released a comprehensive report related to tiger conservation.

  • The tiger population in India is about 3925, showing an annual growth rate of 6.1 percent.

  • Among Indian states, Madhya Pradesh has the largest population of tigers, with 785 tigers, followed by Karnataka (563), Uttarakhand (560), and Maharashtra (444).

  • Within tiger reserves, Corbett boasts of the highest tiger abundance with 260 tigers, followed by Bandipur (150), Nagarhole (141), Bandhavgarh (135), Dudhwa (135), Mudumalai (114), Kanha (105) , and Kaziranga ( 104).

  • The data used for these calculations was collected by the Wildlife Institute of India from both camera-trapped and non-camera-trapped areas, with an estimated upper limit of 3925 tigers and an average of 3682 tigers.

  • In April 2023, during the celebration of 50 years of Project Tiger in Mysore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a minimum tiger population target of 3167 tigers. The project was started in 1973 with only 268 tigers.

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