Haven’t we all heard about the animal extinction? Most often people talk of dinosaurs, large animals that inhabited the Earth, but you’ve never experienced animal extinction yourself. This may soon become true as the magnificent Tiger species is on the verge of dying out; unless you do something to save them. Do you know there are only 3900 wild tigers left out of the millions in the world?
Well, 2010 saw 13 countries where tigers roam free, come together to start a program to conserve tigers as curbing poachers was not enough. They pledged to double the number of wild tigers in the world by 2022, i.e. the Chinese Year of the Tiger announcing the Global Tiger Recovery Programme.
International Tigers Day 2019: Also called the Global Tiger Day, July 29th every year is International Tigers Day. Introduced at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 to create awareness about tiger conservation the WWF, IFAW and the Smithsonian Institute support events held on this day.
This day is held to encourage the protection and expansion of tiger habitats and gain support from people through awareness campaigns. They say if you find tigers in a territory around you, then you know it is healthy.
Tiger population in India: India is home to 70 percent tigers in the world after it launched Project Tiger in 1972. According to the tiger population count in 2014 there are 2226 tigers. Every four years India does a tiger count at 50 tiger reserves spread across 18 states. You can find these magnificent large cats in the Nagarahole Tiger Reserve Karnataka, Kanha Tiger Reserve, Bandhavgarh Madhya Pradesh, Tadoba Andhari Maharashtra, Ranthambore Rajasthan, Kaziranga Assam, and others. You can help in the conservation efforts and plan a holiday to one of these reserves. It is the only country in the world to have both lion and tiger habitats.
Sundarbans Royal Bengal tiger: The Bengal Tiger is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is an endangered species since 2008 due to poaching, loss of territory and lives. The Royal Bengal tiger is one of the largest wild cats alive and is the national animal for both Bangladesh and India. It is believed these tigers arrived in India nearly 12000 to 16000 years ago.
You can find the Royal Bengal Tigers sunning on the banks of the river in the Sundarbans forest between November and February. The forest is home to more than 400 tigers and is one of the largest tiger reserves for the Bengal Tiger. The Sundarbans National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and named the Ramsar site this year. It has been the designated World Network of Biosphere Reserve since 2001.
The Sundarbans Royal Bengal Tigers are known to swim in salt marshes and become maneaters in a few cases. Plan a visit to the Sundarbans not only to see the magnificent tigers, but also catch a glimpse of Fishing Cats, Chital, Macaques, Leopard Cats, Indian Grey Mongoose, Jungle Cat, Ridley Sea Turtle, Wild Boar, Fox, Flying Fox, Pangolin, and others. Read on to find out a few interesting facts about tigers.
Interesting Facts About Tigers
- Tigers are the largest wild cats in the world and can weigh up to 300 kgs in the case of Bengal Tigers.
- Tigers are nocturnal animals and prefer hunting at night. They avoid conflicts with humans.
- Did you know tigers love to swim and play in the water? They enjoy swimming for hours and learn to hunt in water as well. Adult tigers can swim several kilometers at one time.
- A group of tigers is an ambush or a streak, especially, when they stay together in man-made habitats.
- Tigers both in the wild or kept in captivity have a life expectancy of 25 years. However, several die, before they turn 20
- Tigers can mate with other wild cats. A male tiger can mate with a female lion and their cubs are called Tigons. Tigons are the largest cat species and are known to grow bigger than a Liger, which is a hybrid version of a lion and a tiger. They are usually 4.5 feet standing on four feet and close to 6 ft when standing on two feet. Tigons are found in the Czech Republic, China, Iran, India, Russia, Argentina, and the UAE.
- Tiger cubs are blind at birth and only a few survive. They are known to follow the scent of their mother.
- Tigers are fast and can gallop at 60 kilometers per hour.
- Tigers can replicate the call of other animals. Fascinating, isn’t it?
There’s more to Tigers than them being large cats. If tigers fascinate you, then you must plan a holiday to see them in their habitats. Connect with Kesari Tours to find out more about travel deals.