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International Tiger Day
Animals
“Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep.”

When: July 29th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

You could attend an LSU Tigers sporting event, or and event hosted by numerous other universities or schools with the tiger mascot. Watching a tiger themed movie should be easy as there are many to choose from.  In the last couple years, the documentary on Netflix called "Tiger KIng" is definitely entertaining and can give you glimpse into the world of private zoos in the U.S. that feature captive tigers. 

Numbers

There are approximately 4,000 tigers still wild in the world.

Description

Tigers have a special attraction among humans, we are very fascinated by the animal and respect and fear them for the way the look and handle themselves in the animal kingdom.  We name our sports teams after them, dress up like them for halloween, make movies and songs about them, and keep them captive in zoos so that many people get the opportunity to see them up close and in real life, safely without the need to travel to Africa for a safari.  Tigers live in a variety of geographies, including the Siberian taiga, grasslands, and rainforests. They can also be found anywhere from the Russian Far East to parts of North Korea, China, India, and Southwest Asia to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Tigers have a wide appeal in films such as the "Jungle Book" where a tiger is depicted as the villain. In recent years tigers have been the focus of conservationists and wildlife biologists trying to restore their breeds to healthy numbers and avoid being and endangered species. 
 

Interesting Facts

  1. Tiger cubs stay with their mother for about two years, before becoming independent.
  2. Tigers usually prefer to eat prey they have caught themselves.
  3. The tiger mates all year round.
  4. Mike Tyson paid $71,000 for his first tiger from Kenya.
  5. Siegfried & Roy were two Las Vegas entertainers, known for their shows with white lions and white tigers.

Information

Observed:
  • July 29th
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