GUWAHATI, July 29 - The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, with the support of Tansukhrai Ratanlal Jewellers, organised International Tiger Day to raise the awareness about the animal�s plight, with less than 4,000 left in the world�s forests.
The programme started with a talk on wildlife conservation in the presence of schoolchildren and a painting competition among them. A street play on the theme �Save the Tiger� was also held. Several conservationists and eminent personalities took part in the initiative.
Speaking on this occasion, Ranjit Dutta, Ranger, Assam State Zoo, said �Tigers are like ambassadors for the brand called biodiversity. So, protecting the tiger results in protection of its ecosystem and biodiversity.�
Commenting on the initiative, Sahib Jain, Director of Tansukhrai Ratanlal Jewellers, said, �Tiger is our national animal and it is our pride. Hence, it becomes our responsibility to conserve them and provide them a better habitat.�
�It�s time to celebrate International Tiger Day as India has the largest tiger population and issues such as poaching, receding forest areas and development projects infringing on tiger habitat need to be tackled. If not, we are looking at a bleak future for India�s national animal,� Sahib Jain stated.
International Tiger Day is sometimes referred to as the Global Tiger Day and is an annual event organised to raise awareness about the importance of tiger conservation. It is held every year on the 29th of July. NGOs, government organisations and ordinary citizens from every nook and corner of the world organise awareness programmes on this day to spread the significance of protecting the tiger.