Monday, March 17, 2008 (Corbett Park, Uttaranchal)
NDTV's Save the Tiger campaign reached at the gates of the most famous home of the royal Bengal tiger, the Corbett National Park.
The latest tiger census has put the number of tigers in the country at a little over 1,400. But if there is good news, it is from Corbett and the Terai region.
And to ensure that it remains this way, Corbett foundation joined hands with NDTV's campaign to petition the Prime Minister. From forest guards to tourists, everyone was unanimous, the tiger needs to be protected.
''Tiger is the most gorgeous animal,'' said a tourist.
''I am so happy this is being done. Each individual must do their bit to save the tiger,'' another tourist said.
As per the census, Corbett park has 163 tigers. But the last few months have not been good for the big cat. Six tigers have died in as many months. The park administration realises it cannot let its guard down.
''NDTV's campaign is really commendable. We need to come together to mobilise people. It is generating the kind of interest that is needed if we are to save the species,'' said Dr Rajeev Bhartree, Director, Corbett Park.
Experts feel the campaign will need to be backed by political will.
''This is the last resort. Everything depends on political will,'' said Dalip Khantaou, Member, National Wildlife Board.
And everyone who signed on hoped that each time they come to a tiger Reserve, they do not go back disappointed.
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