West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed pride in the wildlife heritage of her state on Sunday. In a tweet posted to mark the occasion of International Tiger Day, Banerjee said that her state was the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
“Today is International Tiger Day. As the land of the Royal Bengal Tiger, we are immensely proud of our wildlife heritage,” said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief.
Today is International Tiger Day. As the land of the Royal Bengal Tiger, we are immensely proud of our wildlife heritage
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 29, 2018
Her counterpart from Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, too, took to Twitter to urge everyone to protect Tiger species in the country.
“On #InternationalTigerDay let us unite to show our respect to the majestic species by renewing our resolve to conserve and protect its habitat and let it flourish,” wrote the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 29, 2018
The International Tiger Day was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. It is held annually on 29 July to raise global awareness for tiger conservation.
According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) there are only 3900 tigers left in the wild today. The biggest success against poaching of tigers and their conservation has been achieved in India where over 2000 tigers can be found in the wild.
The national animal of four nations – India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and South Korea – the tiger was once extant throughout the geography between Japan and Indus River covering vast expanse of lands in Siberian Russia, eastern China, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Indian sub-continent. Today, the tiger is now found in pockets of Siberia, parts of Southeast Asia and India.
In India, tigers can be found in protected wildlife sanctuaries and national parks chief of which are Corbett, Manas, Kaziranga, and Ranthambore.