Nepal Marks Tiger Day For Raising Protective Awareness
July 29, 2010 13:29 PM
KATHMANDU, July 29 (Bernama) -- On the occasion of the World Tiger Day on Thursday, the Nepali government is organising various programmes across the country to raise awareness on tiger conservation, China's Xinhua news agency reported.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Forest Ministry said the events are aimed at doubling the population of the endangered cats by 2020.
According to a tiger census conducted last year, a total of 121 breeding tigers live in protected areas in the country.
Meanwhile, the government is preparing a country profile to be presented at the Head of States Tiger Summit scheduled to be held in September in St. Petersburg, Russia. The current status of tiger will be discussed and shared among tiger range countries on the occasion.
As a part of tiger monitoring, a team formed by the government is working in three major tiger habitats in the country.