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Their survival is in our hands: International Tiger Day


Nepalnews
2021 Jul 29, 11:01, Kathmandu
Bandhavgarh National Park, India; 17 months old Bengal tiger cub (male) resting in open area early morning, dry season. (Photo Via WWF)

The International Tiger Day is being observed with the theme - 'Their Survival Is In Our Hands' today.

Various programmes are organised at the national and sub-national levels to mark the day today.

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in coordination with the Ministry of Forests and Environment is organising a 'Tiger Dialogue Programme'. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is scheduled to attend the programme as chief guest.

Information Officer at the Department, Haribhadra Acharya, has informed that the programmes on tiger's habitat and creation of wildlife-friendly infrastructure will also be organised.

Tigers are found in 13 countries. They had committed in a conference held in Petersburg, Russia in 2010 that they would double the tiger population by 2022.

As per the commitment, the Ministry conducted the tiger census in 2018 in Nepal, which recorded the number of tigers at 235. In Nepal, there were only 121 tigers in 2009.

Chitwan National Park homes the largest number of tigers, 93, which is followed by Bardiya National Park with 87 tigers.

Although the increase in tiger populations is encouraging, the worrying fact is that 18 persons were killed by tigers in Nepal last year alone. Time has come for the country to minimise human-tiger conflict, the experts have warned. 

The International Tiger Day is observed on July 29.

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