Established in 2010, International Tiger Day aims to raise awareness of the fact that tigers are facing extinction. “A hundred years ago 100,000 tigers roamed in Asia,” explains The Independent. “But now only 3,000 survive in the wild.” The culprit? Poachers, mostly.
Tigers are marvelous creatures. Have a look at some of these stunning photos to celebrate.
A tiger cub in Chiang Mai, Thailand. lejaclyn
Sumatran tiger cub at the World Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, UK. Tiny_Packages
Two tiger cubs. Washington D.C. Sonderman
Two Siberian tigers in the snow. Garg
Mother gives cub piggy back ride. WOAW
Two Amur tigers snuggle in Switzerland. Tambako/Flickr
A Sumatra tiger in profile. pe_ha45/Flickr
Snow snuggling in Zurich. Tambako/Flickr
A cub by its mother’s side. Amnéville, Lorraine, France. Tambako/Flickr