In pictures: Tiger! Tiger! Protect these magnificent creatures on their International Day!

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 27 July 2016 at 12:59pm - Comments

Every year on the 29th July the largest members of the cat family have their special day which raises awareness and celebrates these iconic animals. It’s estimated that fewer than 4,000 tigers are left in the wild with almost 93% of their historic range being lost.<--break->

<--break->Tigers are faced with extinction if we are not careful. Poaching as well as the loss of habitat, due to deforestation and climate change, are some of the threats these amazing creatures face.

But there is hope. Indonesia's president Joko Widodo has proposed a halt on granting new land for palm oil plantations trying to limit the environmental damage caused by the industry.

To celebrate international tiger day, here's some beautiful images of these big cats - highlighting what we stand to lose if we don't protect their forest home...

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A Sumatran tiger. In Indonesia, forest destruction for palm oil production is pushing Sumatran tigers to the edge of extinction, with as few as 400 left in the wild.  Companies must commit to zero deforestation and end their role in tiger habitat loss.

© Tom Jefferson / Greenpeace 2013

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Tigers in Tadoba reserve, India.

© Harshad Barve / Greenpeace 2012

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Tiger in Tadoba reserve.

© Harshad Barve / Greenpeace 2012

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A semi-wild Sumatran Tiger is seen at the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation rescue centre, which is part of the South Bukit Barisan National Park.

© Paul Hilton / Greenpeace 2013

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Greenpeace activists dressed in tiger costumes witness peatland fires in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan.

Greenpeace is calling on Indonesian citizens to be part of the "Tiger's Eye community" to protect Indonesian forest from destructions and is urging the government to take immediate action to protect the habitat by expanding moratorium areas, evaluate existing permits and implement full peatland forest protection.

© Ulet  Ifansasti / Greenpeace 2012

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A Sumatran tiger's foot print seen at the Tesso Nilo National Park, Indonesia. This forest complex has one of the world’s highest recorded diversities of plants and supports key populations of critically endangered Sumatran elephants and tigers. It was designated a national park in 2004, but most of the natural forest in and around the Tesso Nilo has already been replaced by industrial pulp and palm oil plantations.

© Ardiles Rante / Greenpeace 2013

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Tiger in Tadoba reserve, India.

© Harshad Barve / Greenpeace 2012

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A semi-wild Sumatran Tiger is seen at the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation rescue centre, which is part of the South Bukit Barisan National Park.

© Paul Hilton / Greenpeace 2013

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A Sumatran tiger.

© Tom Jefferson / Greenpeace 2013

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A Siberian tiger.

© Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace 2001

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Siberian Tiger, Primorye Region in the Southeast of Russia.

© Markus Mauthe / Greenpeace 2007

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A Greenpeace volunteer in tiger costume roars with kids from the community during the tree-nurturing activity organised by Greenpeace and the UP Mountaineering Club at the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan, as  part of a day of action to protect the paradise forests. Hundreds of Greenpeace activists across 13 countries take action online and in public spaces in cities around the world to demand Procter & Gamble to commit to zero deforestation.

© Gigie Cruz-Sy / Greenpeace 2014

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