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International Tiger Day 2018: successes, and the challenges

A Bengal tiger cools off in a small pond of water at Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal. Maharashtra

A Bengal tiger cools off in a small pond of water at Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal. Maharashtra   | Photo Credit: AP

Every year, July 29 is celebrated as the Global Tiger Day to raise awareness about the endangered big cats. It was created when 13 countries came together in 2009 and pledged to double the world’s Tiger population by 2022 -- the next "Year of the Tiger" on the Asian lunar calendar.

As per the assessment of the Status of Tigers, Co-predators and Prey (2014), the number of tigers in India is estimated at 2,226 as compared to the 2010 estimate of 1,706.

Poaching, prey depletion and loss of habitat continue to be major threats to their survival.

Here are a few success stories and a look at the challenges that remain in conserving these magnificent big cats

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