International Tiger Conservation Day

29 July of every year designated as the International Tiger Conservation Day

The population of tigers around the world currently stands at 3,500. About 250 of them are in Thailand, mostly living in western forests of the country, such as in Kaeng Krachan National Park and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. However, Thailand has been named the country with the highest rate of tiger poaching. People are encouraged to help by reporting any poaching activities or forest encroachments at Hotline 1362.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is holding a special seminar on the occasion of the second International Tiger Conservation Day on 29 July 2011.

In line with the St Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation aiming to double the tiger population worldwide within the next 12 years and designating 29 July of every year as the International Tiger Conservation Day, the DNP has today opened a seminar on the effort to preserve tigers within Thailand. Guest speakers at the event include experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the DNP.

In cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a campaign activity for tiger conservation is also being held at Kasetsart University in a bid to raise students’ awareness of the significance of tigers and encourage them to find ways to help protect the endangered animals.

According to DNP Deputy Director-General Theerapat Prayurasiddhi, the population of tigers around the world currently stands at 3,500. About 250 of them are in Thailand, mostly living in western forests of the country, such as in Kaeng Krachan National Park and Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary. However, Thailand has been named the country with the highest rate of tiger poaching.

The DNP has thus set a goal to implement the policy of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to connect all forests across the country and turn them into a single conservation area. In addition, people are encouraged to help by reporting any poaching activities or forest encroachments at Hotline 1362.

source: http://thainews.prd.go.th/en/news.php?id=255407290007

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