International Tiger Day (July 29)
Tigers are one of the valuable and majestic wild animals greatly enhancing the diversity in the Wildlife. However, it is also in the list of the endangered species. Though poaching has been an immediate threat to the decline in the population of the big-cats, other causes are also equally devastating. For instance, human-Tiger conflict both of whom compete for the shrinking spaces, huge loss of habitat due to the clearing of forests for agriculture, timber and other purposes, climate change leading to rising sea levels wiping out the tigers’ habitat have been other significant causes. Nevertheless, amidst all these adversities, Nepal has made an incredible success by increasing the population of tigers from 121 in 2009 to 198 in 2013. However, we still have a mammoth goal of raising the population of Bengal tigers to 250 by 2022. For this to happen, stopping the poaching of this wildlife is not going to be enough, we need to allow greater space for tigers to roam around, increase availability of its prey in the habitat, widen the buffer zone between tiger and the people and continuously innovate to protect this animal.
As the International Tiger Day is being observed today, let’s promise to redouble our efforts to protect this magnificent wildlife. Save tiger to save our ecology!
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