Global Tiger Day, often called International Tiger Day on 29th July, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation. The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.
According to the latest WWF estimates, there are only 3,890 tigers left in the wild, whilst at the beginning of the 20th century their number exceeded 100,000. But these figures seem to be conservative, since data of other populations aren’t considered. The situation could be worse than expected. And Bangladesh confirms it, by releasing the new census of the Sundarbans National Park that registered only 100 tigers approximately, compared to the 440 individuals in 2004. The lack of accurate data on these animals’ status doesn’t allow defining urgent actions to be taken.
In 2010, Saint Petersburg hosted the Tiger Summit, in which countries committed to the goal Tx2, the doubling of wild tigers by 2022. We are more than a third of the way to 2022, so need to move at a faster, more determined pace if we hope to achieve the Tx2 goal.
In recent years, conservation work and the commitment of various governments has halted the decline in global tiger numbers. But there’s a lot more work to do. For more information on Tigers and their welfare, visit: www.wwf.org.uk/wildlife/tigers
If you have children, why not have a tiger day learning about tigers and making this tiger mask below! RARRR!
You will need: Large paper plate Orange and black paint Orange and black card or craft foam. Black pipe cleaners Glue Thin elastic
Instructions: Paint the back of the paper plate orange and leave to dry. Only when completely dry, paint on some black stripes - you’ll need patience! For younger children you may want to pre-paint the orange paint.
When the paint is dry cut out your eye holes.
Twist together 3 pipe cleaners in the middle. Glue these to the centre of the mask.
Cut out a black nose from foam or card and glue this in the middle of the pipe cleaners.
Cut out 2 ears from orange foam or card. Glue these to the top of the face.
Make a small hole in either side of the face. Tie a piece of elastic through to hold your mask on.