Children join NDTV’s tiger campaign in Assam

Children join NDTV’s tiger campaign in Assam

Kishalay Bhattacharjee
Saturday, March 15, 2008 (Dibrugarh)

Children in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh have picked up the ‘Save the Tiger Campaign’ keeping it alive with their own initiatives.

Not far from the Kaziranga National Park in the tea township of Dibrugarh a voice is growing louder, a voice to save the tiger after NDTV’s campaign across the country.

”Tiger means ‘Tiger Is Getting Endangered Rapidly’,” said Arnav, student.

Children from several schools are talking about the tiger. They are fighting for the national animal in every way possible using their imagination to convey the growing sense of urgency.

”We want the next generation to know about tigers rather than just read about them like we read about Dodos and all we actually want to see the tigers not just read about them,” said Viraj.

The Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also signed on for the campaign. With Assam’s poor record in wildlife protection he should be concerned.

Poaching is at an all time high, 24 rhinos were killed last year. As for tigers there’s no record of how many have disappeared.

To tackle just one of the problems, the Centre has asked Tarun Gogoi to immediately take on more staff in wildlife parks.

This could be the last effort to save the big cat. But for the children it’s the new anthem.

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