International Tiger Day was celebrated today. Global Tiger Day is celebrated every year on 29 July to raise awareness about tiger conservation.
In Madhya Pradesh, State Tiger Foundation Society of Forest Department is organizing wall painting competition in 6 cities to raise awareness and support for tiger conservation.
Students and general public will take part in the contest to be held in Raisen, Sehore, Betul, Chhindwada, Panna and Satna towns.
“Madhya Pradesh had 257 big cats in 2010. The number went up to 308 in the last tiger count in the country held in 2014. India’s track record with tiger populations has been encouraging. India is home to 70 percent of tigers in the world.
In 2006, there were 1 thousand 4 hundred 11 tigers which increased to 1 thousand 7 hundred 6 in 2010 and 2 thousand2 hundred 26 in 2014.
The total number of wild tigers has risen to 3 thousand 8 hundred 90 in 2016 according to World Wildlife Fund and Global Tiger Forum. The number is expected to increase in the new tiger counting, which started in January 2018.