Global Tiger Day is celebrated every year on July 29th as a way to raise awareness about this magnificent but endangered big cat. Global Tiger Day was founded in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit, when the 13 tiger range countries came together to create Tx2 – the global goal to double the number of wild tigers by the year 2022. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the world has lost over 95% of the wild tiger population. Only around 3,900 wild tigers are estimated to be living in the wild today.
This dramatic loss of population in the past century is caused by four primary issues: poaching, habitat destruction, man-animal conflict, and a diminishing prey base. The Prusten Project aims to help combat these issues through acoustic based monitoring. Focusing on tiger vocalizations to pinpoint critical habitat ranges helps track these populations. By identifying tiger’s locations, we will be able to strengthen anti-poaching efforts and reinforce investments in rangers, in order to halt the crisis and safeguard wild tigers from poachers.
How can you get involved preserving tiger populations?
One way to support conservation is to raise awareness by participating in campaigns organized in your local area. Taking to social media is another way to reach out to people and communicate the urgency to support tiger conservation. From signing petitions and circulating impactful articles and videos, social media is a tool that can make a mountain of a difference in today’s technological age. Last but not least, one of the most effective ways to actively aid tiger conservation is to volunteer at various NGOs dedicated to wildlife protection. Offering your time and expertise to a wildlife conservation organization is not only going to benefit the tiger and its habitat, but might also give you an opportunity to be involved in field projects that could lead to adventures you won’t forget. If you would like to volunteer with the Prusten Project please visit our volunteer page where you can gain more information on how to participate in the vocal analysis of tigers.
The Prusten Project has the ability to save tigers through supporters that want to make a serious impact on the ability for tiger populations to thrive. If you would like to take part in our mission to help save the species, please visit our donate page to take the next step in tiger conservation.
World Wildlife Fund: http://tigerday.panda.org/
Big Cat Rescue: https://bigcatrescue.org/international-tiger-day/