On July 29, 2010, the world first recognized International Tiger Day. International Tiger Day celebrates the biggest of the “big cats” and raises awareness about their status as an endangered species.Tigers are among the most threatened of big cats. Fewer than 4,000 tigers survive in the wild, most of them in pockets of protected land areas in Southeast Asia and Russia’s far east. Poaching and loss of habitat are among the biggest threats to the world’s tiger population. Loss of habitat is mostly due to climate change and agricultural and industrial development.International Tiger Day was founded at the International Tiger Summit, held in St. Petersburg, Russia. The goal of the summit was to double the wild tiger population by 2022. People can encourage tiger conservation by supporting government initiatives to establish tiger preserves. They can also raise awareness by contributing to campaigns such as National Geographic’s Little Kitties for Big Cats—support tigers, lions, and other big cats and show off your own pet at the same time!
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry big cat Noun
large predators, including tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards.
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
climate change Noun
gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.
Encyclopedic Entry: Earth's Changing Climate conservation Noun
management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.
Encyclopedic Entry: conservation development Noun
construction or preparation of land for housing, industry, or agriculture.
endangered species Noun
organism threatened with extinction.
Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species establish Verb
to form or officially organize.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.
Encyclopedic Entry: habitat initiative Noun
first step or move in a plan.
to hunt, trap, or fish illegally.
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
an area restricted for the protection and preservation of natural resources
protected land area Noun
area where development projects are controlled or limited.
to identify or acknowledge.
position of something in relation to related things.
meeting or conference of top leaders.
to scare or be a source of danger.