India The Best Hope For Tiger Conservation
Local school children in Chandrapur will rise as ‘Kids for Tigers’ today calling for protection of tigers and tiger habitat. A team of conservationists from across the country will begin a 1,200km-long ‘Tiger Cycle-Walk’ for the same cause from Moharli. The cycle-walk will proceed forward and reach Mumbai in 60 days.
Wildlife magazine Sanctuary Asia, in collaboration with NGO Wildcare and Wildlife Conservation and Development Centre organized the Kids for Tigers program. Students, with their faces painted like wild animals, holding planks and shouting slogans for protection and conservation of tigers will rally in the morning. It will be followed by an educational program for kids at Hindi City High School. Director,Wildlife Protection Society of India, Belinda Wright and Steve Winter of National Geography will be the presenters and facilitators. Later in the afternoon, the Tiger Cycle-Walk will be led by adventure sports expert Sunil Joshi. It will start from Moharli gate of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. Prizes will be awarded for the best essays and posters next Thursday.
The tiger is highly endangered. There are likely fewer than 2,500 left in the wilds of Asia. India has more tigers than any other country with a population estimated at around 1,700 in 2010.