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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.