The International Tiger Day is observed every year on July 29 across the world in order to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Founded in 2010, at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia after it was registered that 97 percent of tigers had disappeared, the day promotes a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers.
The International Tiger Day is observed by several international organisations including - the World Wide Fund for Nature, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Smithsonian Institution.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, India is home to over half of the world's wild tigers – 2,226. It reported that while Malaysia's tigers are critically endangered with as few as 250 remaining, Indonesia's wild tigers are now found solely on the island of Sumatra. The organisation has also called for urgent action to protect the tigers.
Globally, the day is celebrated by holding conferences, seminars, and discussions on saving the tigers.
Meanwhile, according to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, there were 1,059 tiger deaths in India since 2012 with Madhya Pradesh recording the highest number of deaths.
Congress on its official Twitter handle on Friday has urged people to come together and "enhance efforts for conservation of the endangered species."
"Let us come together to spread awareness and enhance our efforts for conservation of the endangered species as we celebrate International Tiger Day," the Congress wrote on Twitter.
Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray also mentioned the conservation projects that Uddhav Thackeray's government worked on. "As we celebrate World Tiger Day, I must mention with a sense of satisfaction that while in the cabinet of Shri Uddhav Thackeray ji, we worked on multiple conservation projects," he wrote on Twitter.
In a follow-up tweet, he mentioned: "The tiger and elephant corridors and more so, the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve. We expanded the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve core by over 79 Sq Km and added more than 20 conservation reserves to the State."