Bhutan Celebrates 10th International Tiger Day at Nubi, Trongsa

The Department of Forests and Park Services (DoFPS) celebrated the 10th International Tiger Day at Nubi Gewog, Trongsa on 29th July 2020. This is the second time an International Tiger Day is being celebrated at Nubi Gewog, Trongsa. The Honorable Dasho Dzongdag, Trongsa Dzongkhag grace the celebration as Chief Guest.

In his opening remarks, the Honorable Director, DoFPS said on the importance of tiger not only in Bhutan but also in the whole world and how respected and renowned we are when it comes to conservation of endangered species like tigers. The Director said, Trongsa region is a prime habitat for tigers and has good tiger numbers and as a result, many human-tiger conflicts are witnessed in the region. He thanked the communities for supporting the conservation effort and mentioned the sacrifices these communities are making.

 The Honorable Dasho Dzongdag in his keynote address said that Bhutan although, a very small country both in terms of size and economy is looked up by many countries as the leader and champion of conservation. This is great news and something we all should cherish and celebrate. Today we all celebrate the international tiger day and showcase our success story, it is also to remind ourselves that the reason for Bhutan’s conservation achievements is due to unwavering guidance and visionary leadership of our farsighted Kings.

As part of the celebration, small semso (Nu.5000 for the improved breed and Nu.2000 for local and bulls) was provided to all the owners of cattle killed by tigers in 2020. Bhutan Tiger Center (BTC) together with Bhutan Foundation also launched a publication “ Nga gha mo?” reading material for the primary school children. A board game for schoolchildren “Tag dang Nor” was also launched to celebrate the International Tiger Day by BTC together with Bhutan Foundation.

The celebration was conducted with proper social distancing with a face mask for all the participants. The main support for this year’s International Tiger Day celebration comes from Vanishing Treasure Project funded by UNEP at BTC. Other supporters and partners include Bhutan Foundation, UNDP, WWF, and Bhutan for Life.