The tiger population has seen declination over the years. Though the numbers are increasing gradually now, it is crucial to keep working towards this goal. International Tiger Day or Global Tiger Day is celebrated annually on 29th July to raise awareness for tiger conservation. The primary purpose of this day is to protect the natural habitats of tigers and support tiger conservation issues. Started in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia, the International Tiger Day is celebrated annually with the theme ‘Their survival is in our hands.’
While this day is celebrated in countries globally, it is especially significant for India. Tiger is the national animal of our country. Thus, there are several wildlife reserves and national parks all across the country protecting this majestic species. However, Karnataka is one of the states known for its dense population of tigers. Nagarhole Tiger Reserve continues to be the home of more than 125 adult tigers living in 644 sq km of the protected area. Besides this, around 126 tigers roam around in the Bandipur tiger reserve and national park. Other sanctuaries in Karnataka where tiger presence is abundant include Madikeri Wildlife Division, Virajpet Territorial Division, Koppa Wildlife, and Haliyal Forest Division. Karnataka’s wildlife has been supporting not only tigers but several other endangered species as well.
The goal of International Tiger Day is to raise public awareness about the decreasing number of tigers in the world. You can become a part of this initiative by taking a pledge not to harm forests, nature reserves, and other natural habitats to promote their growth.
You can also visit one of these tiger reserves in Karnataka to take a close look at these royal species. Take part in global activities and use your social media to make your voice heard.