WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) --
Although International Tiger Day is today, July 29, the rapidly declining tiger population probably isn't a reason to roar but more of a cause to growl.
According to the Independent, "a hundred years ago 100,000 tigers roamed in Asia, but now only 3,000 survive in the wild."
Experts believe the wild tiger population has decreased by more than 250 cats in the last year alone.
The subspecies of Bali, Caspian and Javan tigers have already gone extinct.
Climate change, poaching and reduced habitat are all contributing to the demise of the tiger population.
Donations can be made at the International Tiger Day website and the World Wildlife Fund is accepting donations as well.
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