As Tiger Day approaches at the end of this month, July 29, it is important that we, as a global community, celebrate and cherish this magnificent, yet threatened creature. International Tiger Day was established at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 in an effort to raise awareness of the endangerment of tigers, but also to celebrate their existence and to encourage global citizens to take action in order to preserve the few remaining wild tigers.
In the last 100 years, the world has witnessed a tremendous decline in the wild tiger population with roughly 97% of the tiger population disappearing. Currently as few as 3000 wild tigers remain. We are the reason why the number of tigers is diminishing. The main issues tigers face are habitat loss, poaching, and climate change, all of which can be traced back to people.
I urge you to take part in celebrating this holiday in order to raise awareness and ensure the survival of this exquisite creature. Humans have already caused the extinction of countless animals, including the West African black rhinoceros, the Tasmanian tiger, and the Javan tiger. At the present moment, there are around 20,000 endangered plant and animal species because of humans, and scientists are predicting a mass extinction within the next few centuries. Saving the tiger will not only be a victory for the species but it will also be a symbolic accomplishment because if we are able to save the tiger, then we can be able to save the thousands of other species faced with the risk of extinction.
Join me and the rest of the planet in the fight to save the tiger! Here are five ways you can contribute to tiger restoration:
Adopt a tiger – The World Wildlife Foundation has a program which allows people to symbolically adopt a tiger for $55. The proceeds will go towards efforts for conserving and protecting a wild tiger.
Donate – You can donate to a variety of tiger programs run by environmental organizations, such as, the World Wildlife Fund, Panthera, the Wildlife Conservation Society, Big Cat Rescue, and countless others!
Take action – You can take action by getting involved with environmental organizations to lobby government officials to protecting the tigers through law.
Live sustainably – The effects of climate change are already impacting wild tigers. By weaning off of fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy, you can help steady the consequences of global warming, in turn protecting tiger habitats.
Knowledge is power – you can donate your knowledge to others in order to raise awareness of the high risk of extinction and motivate others to help the cause!
1..”Official International Tiger Day Website – July 29.” Tiger Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2016.