Ratnanagar, July 29, 2015: International tiger day event has been affected due to banda in Chitwan which was scheduled to be organized today by Chitwan National Park to mark the International Tiger Day.
Spokesperson of the Park Tikaram Poudel said that the programme where the park had planned to felicitate conservationists as well as organize public awareness programmes on the need to protect Tigers but had to be postponed due to the Chitwan banda today. He added that the event will be marked later at an opportune time.
According to 2013 estimates, Nepal is home to 198 tigers and of them 120 are found in the Chitwan National Park.Similarly, the Chitwan National Park has been globally acclaimed for tiger protection and was also honored with the CITES award last year. Presently including Nepal, Tigers are found only in 14 countries around the world.
As per the data, the number of tigers that was believed to be around 100,000 in 1913 came down to 3,274 in 2013. The latest count according to experts is 3,000. At this rate, all tigers living in the wild could be extinct in the next five years.