The World Tiger Day will be observed in the country on Sunday with a view to creating mass awareness for protecting the tiger from extinction.
This year’s theme of the day is ‘Save Sundarbans, Save Tigers’.
Marking the day, the Department of Forest under the Ministry of Environment and Forests will organise a rally and discussion at city’s Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Sunday morning.
Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud will attend the function as the chief guest while Environment and Forests secretary Mesbah ul Alam, vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique and IUCN country representative Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad will be present as special guests. Chief Conservator of Forest M Yunus Ali will preside over the function.
Tiger (Panthera tigris) population, on average, has declined 70 percent across the world, including Bangladesh, in the last 30 years, according to the Living Planet Report 2012.
The Living Planet Index for tigers in the Report said that forced to compete for space in some of the most densely populated regions on the earth, the tiger’s range has also declined to just 7 percent of its former extent.
Tigers are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN, 2011), and estimates endorsed by the Global Tiger Recovery Programme suggest there are only between 3,200 and 3,500 adult tigers remaining in the wild (Global Tiger Initiative, 2011).
Tigers are threatened by poaching, retaliatory killings, habitat loss and depletion of its prey base throughout its range. The most pronounced population declines, reported in recent years, are those located outside of the protected areas.