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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!
big cat
Noun

large predators, including tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards.

celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

Noun

gradual changes in all the interconnected weather elements on our planet.

Noun

management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

development
Noun

construction or preparation of land for housing, industry, or agriculture.

Noun

organism threatened with extinction.

establish
Verb

to form or officially organize.

government
Noun

system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

initiative
Noun

first step or move in a plan.

poach
Verb

to hunt, trap, or fish illegally.

population
Noun

total number of people or organisms in a particular area.

preserve
Noun

an area restricted for the protection and preservation of natural resources

protected land area
Noun

area where development projects are controlled or limited.

recognize
Verb

to identify or acknowledge.

status
Noun

position of something in relation to related things.

summit
Noun

meeting or conference of top leaders.

survive
Verb

to live.

threaten
Verb

to scare or be a source of danger.

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