Bengal tiger in India by Russ MacLaughlin

Celebrating International Tiger Day

Kate Waite

Kate Waite

29 Jul 2015

International Tiger Day

Today is International Tiger Day. This is a chance for us to celebrate these beautiful, mysterious creatures and raise awareness about the vital conservation efforts that are needed to protect the last remaining species around the world.

We have seen a dramatic decrease in tiger population over the last century which has left us with fewer than 3200 tigers left in the wild! This is down to a variety of reasons, most notably habitat loss through deforestation, human wildlife conflict and climate change. Tigers are now critically endangered and it is possible that tigers living in the wild could be extinct in the next 5-10 years.

Siberian Tiger

Did you know?

  • Each tiger has a unique set of stripes which makes it individually identifiable in the wild
  • Unlike most cats, tigers like the water and are excellent swimmers
  • Tigers are the biggest of all cats – males can grow to over 10 feet from head to tails and weigh up to 660 pounds!
  • Tigers are solitary creatures living and hunting alone
  • A tiger's 'roar' can be heard from as far as 3km away!
  • There are six sub-species of tiger - Bengal, South China, Indochinese, Malayan, Sumatran and Siberian
  • A group of tigers is known as an ambush or a streak
  • White tigers carry a gene that is only present in 1 in 10,000 tigers
  • Unfortunately there are more tigers held as pets than there are in the wild
  • The roar in Disney’s The Lion King was actually a tiger's because lions’ roars aren’t as powerful!

There are many things you can do to support the protection of these majestic animals from buying forest-friendly products to prevent deforestation to promoting awareness via social media and petitions. Sustainable tourism has a positive effect on tiger conservation as it puts money and resources in the right place to protect these species. We hope that with continued support and conservation we might see a rise in tiger population across the world and that these animals will be around in the wild for future generations to appreciate.

Our free tiger tracking guide shares information and advice on how to responsibly have one of the most memorable wildlife encounters in the world, witnessing the world’s biggest cats. 

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