Celebrating the Tiger this International Tiger Day
“Tiger tiger burning bright
In the forests of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry.”
– William Blake, The Tyger
The tiger, brightly striped and powerfully sinewed, has always graced the wildlife spotlight. For years, poets have composed poems, and writers have penned tales of its majesty, and a day was eventually dedicated to it at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010. This was done to draw attention to its fast-declining numbers, and the fact that wild tigers were close to extinction. Every year since then, July 29th has been recognised as the International Tiger Day or Global Tiger Day; a dedicated day for celebrating these huge, magnificent cats as well as raising awareness of their current endangered status.
Tiger populations have plummeted in the past few decades due to various reasons, like deforestation, loss of prey, climate change, poaching, loss of habitat, and human-wildlife conflict, among others. Statistics show some alarming figures, with the International Tiger Day being declared as a response to the shocking disappearance of 97% of the world’s tigers through the last century, leaving only an estimated 3,200 of them left, in 2010. The goal is to promote conservation of the tiger and to raise awareness among the masses, especially future generations.
However, surprisingly after a century of steady decline in tiger population, there suddenly seems to be a promising increase in the same, with recent data showing 3,890 tigers in the wild, probably through better protection of the species and rising populations in India, Nepal, Russia and Bhutan. This hopeful increase in the number of big cats shows that a little effort in the right direction does add up to yield results. Perhaps, even the goal of doubling the wild tiger numbers by 2022 may be reached!
At Tiger & Hare, we celebrate the spirit of the proud tiger through our label. In fact, Tiger & Hare is representative of two ancient Chinese symbols, where the tiger represents dignity and courage, and mostly, protection. We believe it is our turn now, to protect these magnificent beasts, and make sure they once more roam the planet, the way they were meant to.
We join the communities around the world in spirit, to keep the conservation of the tiger moving forward.