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International Tiger Day being celebrated in Bangladesh

  • Published at 12:15 pm July 29th, 2018
File photo of tigers in Sundarbans Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

Decreasing instances of poaching in the Sundarbans could lead to an increase in Bengal Tiger population

International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is being celebrated in Bangladesh. As elsewhere across the globe, the day raises awareness about conservation of the majestic big cat, to prevent its extinction.

The tiger population is declining alarmingly rapidly in the Sundarbans—a World Heritage site and the world's largest tiger habitat, reports UNB.

According to a 2015 tiger census, there are only 106 Bengal Tigers in the Sundarbans.

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However, experts and Forest Department officials of Bangladesh are expecting an increase in the number of tigers in the world's largest mangrove forest— as robbers and poachers have decreased their activities in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans.

International Tiger Day was introduced in 2010 at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit.

The summit issued the St Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation with an aim to double the big cat’s population by 2022.

The tiger is the largest of the world's big cats—with its distinctive orange and black stripes, and striking face.