On This Day 29 July

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-29
In 1588 the Spanish Armada was sighted off Cornwall; in 1954 The Lord of the Rings was published; in 1981 Charles married Diana; in 2005 astronomers announced a new planet called Eris. In 2010 the first International Tiger Day was held.

We've lost 95% of the tiger population since the start of the 20th century

It was in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2010 that the International Day of the Tiger was created and to be held on the 29th of July every year. It's goal is to raise awareness and support for the conservation of tigers.

As of 2015 the tiger was listed as endangered with the population being estimated at between 3000 and 4000. Their decline is attributed to the destruction of their habitat and poaching which is also being exacerbated by the fact that they are mainly located in areas with large populations and an increasing urbanisation of land.

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The WWF have identified that tigers are restricted to only 7% of their original range, with their habitation area reducing but also becoming more fragmented further impacting the population.

10 Tiger Facts from the WWF

  • They are the largest cats in the world - weighing up to 363kg and measuring up to 3.3m
  • They eat only meat
  • They search for food alone at night
  • They are good swimmers and like to cool off in pools or streams
  • Their roar can be heard up to 3km away
  • They can reach up to 65km/h
  • Tiger fossils dated at 2 million years have been found in China
  • They are unique - no 2 tigers have the same stripes
  • Three subspecies have become extinct with five remaining
  • They used to be found throughout Asia

Happy Interational Tiger Day!

Other events on this day

  • 1588: the Spanish Armada was first sighted off Lizard Point, Cornwall
  • 1954: the first part of The Lord of the Rings was published
  • 1981: Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer
  • 1987: Thatcher and Mitterand signed the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel
  • 2005: astronomers announced the discovery of dwarf planet Eris
  • 2010: International Tiger Day held for the first time