July 29, 2016 2:16 PM EDT

There are many days every year meant to recognize various causes—from Arbor Day to the upcoming Earth Overshoot Day. International Tiger Day—celebrated on July 29—is one worth observing.

Only a few thousand tigers remain a result of animal poaching and trafficking, according to a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report. That’s a 97% decline from a century ago and some subspecies have already gone extinct.

But there is a glimmer of hope. Aggressive anti-poaching measures have been met with success in some parts of the world. Nepal, for instance, has launched an aggressive law enforcement effort to prosecute poachers and monitor wildlife. “At a time when poachers are waging an all-out war against wildlife, Nepal serves as a beacon of hope for the tiger,” said John Goodrich, tiger program director at the group conservation group Panthera, in a press release.

Now, conservation groups are pushing other countries to do the same.

Write to Justin Worland at justin.worland@time.com.

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