July 29, 2020, 7:20 PM

The International Tiger Day is celebrated annually on July 29 to help spread awareness about the need to protect tigers. Losing 90% of their natural habitat, there are only 4000 tigers left across the globe. In the beginning of 20th century, the wild tiger population dropped more than 95%, which led to the creation of International Tiger Day. 

The day was first marked in November 2010 at the ‘Saint Petersburg Tiger Sumit’ in Russia, which aimed to promote a global system for protecting the wild cats and also to raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues around the world. 

Along with India, 12 other countries participated in the Summit - Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Summit host Russia. 

The Summit began with a goal to increase the tiger population across the world to over 6,000 by 2022, which is the next Chinese year of the tiger. 

Contributing to 75% of world tiger population, India stands strong with 2,967 tigers across the country’s jungles. To conserve the wild cat, India’s Tiger Project was established in 1973 with 9 tiger reserves and today has 50 such reserves looking after the country’s tigers. 
Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is home to nearly 200 tigers and with the highest tiger density in India at 14. Nagarhole and Bandipore reserves in Karnataka have 127 and 126 tigers. There are no tigers left in Mizoram's Dampa, West Bengal's Buxa and Jharkhand's Palamau reserves.
With an intention to show the majestic beast in all its beauty on International Tiger Day 2020, Nagpur wildlife photographers Amit Shelke, Aditya Mune and Yash Chopda shared their pictures, through which they captured the beauty of the striped wild cat from jungles across the country. Here are the pictures! 

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