Today Is International Tiger Day

| Tue Jul. 29, 2014 6:24 AM EDT

Established in 2010International Tiger Day! aims to raise awareness of the fact that tigers are facing extinction. "A hundred years ago 100,000 tigers roamed in Asia," explains The Independent. "But now only 3,000 survive in the wild." The culprit? Poachers, mostly.

Tigers are marvelous creatures. Have a look at some of these stunning photos to celebrate.

 

A tiger cub in Chiang Mai, Thailand. lejaclyn/Flickr
 
Sumatran tiger cub at the World Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, UK. Tiny_Packages/Flickr
 
Two tiger cubs. Washington D.C. Sonderman/Flickr
 
Two Siberian tigers in the snow. Garg/Flickr
 
Mother gives cub piggy back ride. WOAW/Flickr

Two Amur tigers snuggle in Switzerland. Tambako/Flickr

A Sumatra tiger in profile. pe_ha45/Flickr

Snow snuggling in Zurich. Tambako/Flickr

A cub by its mother's side. Amnéville, Lorraine, France. Tambako/Flickr