It’s International Tiger Day! The day, which aims to raise awareness and global support for tiger conservation, originated back in 2010, when delegates from 13 nations (and other high-profile figures, including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio) met in St. Petersburg to discuss strategies for saving one of the world’s most iconic big cats from extinction in the wild. The overall aim is to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 (and there have been some recent successes, including a big jump in tiger numbers in Nepal). So to mark this day of the tiger, we've put together a few facts and figures about the elusive and endangered Panthera tigris.
Won top honor at the 2011 Jackon Hole Wildlife Film Festival, known as the Oscars of nature films! Broken Tail won Best of Festival, Best Script, and Best Human/Wildlife Interactions at the 2012 International Wildlife Film Festival!
The tiger known as Broken Tail was born in Ranthambhore National Park in northern India, a vast, natural reserve for a wide variety of Indian wildlife, but especially famous for its Bengal tigers. Historically revered in Indian tradition, tigers in the area were once protected by maharajahs, and then by government sanctuaries and conservation projects. But poachers have proven to be nearly unstoppable over the years, and tigers have struggled to survive, even with the protection of the park. At one point, there were as few as 26 tigers left in the reserve, and today, the fate of each and every tiger is important to the species as a whole. Conservation efforts have been intensified in the face of the crisis, and the struggle continues. Broken Tail: A Tiger’s Last Journey is the story of the life and death of a tiger destined for greatness, who may still lead the way to a better future for those of his kind. Buy the DVD. This film premiered February 20, 2011.... http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/broken-tail-a-tigers-last-journey/full-episode/6384/