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International Tiger Day - 29th July 2021

Tiger - National Animal of India

The combination of Stamina, Strength agility & tremendous power has made the Tiger as the National Animal of India.

International Tiger Day was first celebrated in 2010 and was founded at an International Summit. Tigers are on the brink of Extinction & International World Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this face & try to halt their decline.

Tiger is one of the largest big cats & its magnificent creature, with its distinctive orange & black stripes & beautifully marked face.

Tiger is a unique animal that plays a pivotal role in the Health & Diversity of an Eco-System, the presence of tigers in the forest is an indicator of the well being of the EcoSystem.

Due to their large body size, they are not able to climb trees like leopards. They can only climb along with large leaning trees. But they are excellent swimmers & they Love Water.

Tiger occupies an Important place in Indan Culture. For ages, it has been a symbol of magnificence, Power, Beauty & fierceness and has been associated with bravery & valour.

Indian Tigers or Royal Bengal Tiger are found in India, Nepal, Bhutan & Bangladesh. The Tiger has an orange coat patterned with broad black stripes. It has black ears, each with a winking white spot on the back, powerful paws and a long banded tail.

Length - 2.6 to 03 Meters

Weight - 135 to 280 Kgs

Life Span - 14 to 16 Years.

In India, Tigers are found in 19 States, for better management of Tiger Habitats forests have been demarcated as Tiger Reserves, National Parks & Wildlife Sancetrureis. There are 39 Tiger Reserves in our Country.

Indian Tiger is an Endangered animal & is listed in Schedule I of the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972.

The population of Indian Tiger as per the counting done by National Tiger Conservation Authority in the year 2018 & data published in "Status of Tigers in India-2018 is as follows:-

2967- Total Tiger population estimated

2461- Total no of Individual tiger cameras trapped

2591- Tiger population estimated thru capture-mark-recapture

Today, deforestation has affected our Ecosystem in many terms. Reserving this kind of animal have been a challenging task of this generation.

It is a tough challenge to bring the Ecosystem back to normal, but we still can reduce the harm we are causing to the Environment.

Chirag Makwana

National Fire Safety Institute-Vadodara

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