International Tiger Day being observed today

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KATHMANDU, July 29: July 29, is the International Tiger Day. It is being observed with the theme- 'Their Survival Is In Our Hands'.

Nepal is also observing the day, organizing various programs in the national and sub-national levels on Thursday.

With the coordination of the Ministry of Forest and Environment, the National Park and Wildlife Reserve Department organised a  'Tiger Dialogue Programme'  where Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba attended as chief guest. 

The tigers are found in various 13 countries. The countries including Nepal, in a  conference held in Petersburg, Russia in 2010, had committed to doubling the tiger population by 2022.

As per the commitment, Nepal conducted the tiger census in 2018, which recorded the number of tigers at 235. In Nepal, there were only 121 tigers in 2009. 

Chitwan National Park hosts the largest number of tigers, 93, which is followed by Bardia National Park, 87.

Although the increase of tiger populations is encouraging, the worrying fact is that 18 persons were killed by the tiger in Nepal last year alone. 

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