International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for Tiger conservation, held on July 29th. The goal of International Tiger Day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of Tigers and to raise public awareness of, and support for, Tiger conservation efforts. Tigers have been enigmatic symbols of power, beauty, stealth, strength and survival in Asian cultures and the wilderness for centuries. Even though the Tiger is revered as one of the most fabulous beasts it is also extremely endangered. Conservation efforts are critical, say scientists, because Tiger populations have undergone a steep decline over the past century. A worldwide population of 100,000 wild Tiger at the turn of the 20th Century saw it decimated to just over 3,000 today, occupying just 7% of their historic range. Loss of habitat and poaching being the main reasons.
You might think that as an individual you are unable to really make a difference to help endangered species, but that is not true. There are simple things you can start doing today to help like purchasing products that donate portions of the proceeds to conservation organizations and efforts, you can change your consumption habits to benefit endangered species, or join a wildlife conservation organization in their mission by taking action or getting involved in other ways. Here are seven great organizations fighting to protect endangered species and their natural habitats.