The International Tiger Day is celebrated every year on July 29. The day aims to increase awareness about tiger conservation.
This is very important for India as we have the largest Tiger population in the world.
The first International Tiger Day was observed in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit, in Russia.
India – Project Tiger
India started Project Tiger in 1972 to conserve the tiger and its habitats in India. The tiger census conducted in 1972 revealed the existence of only 1827 tigers in India.
In 1970, a national ban on tiger hunting was imposed, and in 1972 the Wildlife Protection Act came into force. The framework was then set to formulate a project for tiger conservation with an ecological approach.
Launched on April 01, 1972, Project Tiger has become one of the most successful conservation ventures in modern history. The project aims at tiger conservation in specially-constituted 'tiger reserves', which are representative of various bio-geographical regions falling within India. It strives to maintain viable tiger populations in their natural environment. Today, there are 27 Project Tiger wildlife reserves in India, covering an area of 37,761 km².