July 29th is International Tiger Day, which was created to bring worldwide attention to the plight of the world’s wild tigers. The goal of International Tiger Day is to bring awareness and build support for tiger conservation and habitat protection efforts.
The world’s tigers need you! Tigers are the world’s largest living cat species and as of today, tigers can only be found in South/Southeast Asia, China, and the Far East in Russia. This is a much smaller habitat than tigers are used too. Historically, tigers have spread throughout Turkey, South/Southeast Asia and throughout the eastern shores of Asia.
At the beginning of 1900’s, there were an estimated 100,000 tigers living in the wild. In 2013 there were around 3,274 living in the wild, versus the 3,000 estimated to be living in the wild today. In fact, there are currently more tigers living in captivity than there are in the wild.
Sadly, we’ve seen the extinction of three different tiger species in the past 100 years. The Bali Tiger went extinct in 1937 and the Caspian and Javan Tigers have both been extinct since the 70’s. The remaining tiger species will soon join them in extinction if action is not taken now.
So, how can you help? There are a few ways you can help the world’s tigers. The simplest way is to
help spread International Tiger Day awareness online. Use your social media accounts to:
Or, you can go to worldwildlife.org and make a small donation and “adopt” a tiger or support habitat protection.