Sachin Tendulkar to be Maharashtra’s Tiger ambassador
Maharashtra government has roped Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as its new ambassador for the Tiger Conservation Project. His association will help state government to raise awareness about saving the tigers in the state.
In this regard Mr. Tendulkar has accepted an offer which was forwarded by state Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on July 29, 2015 on the eve of World Tiger Day.
State government had forwarded this proposal to Mr. Tendulkar after Tiger Protection Foundation approved a proposal of his appointment along with superstar Amitabh Bachchan as ambassador to promote the Save Tiger campaign in July 2015.
Earlier Mr. Amitabh Bachchan had accepted the request from the government and met the minister to discuss details of his role and involvement in the project.
Tiger Conservation in Maharashtra
- Currently, Maharashtra state has six tiger reserves viz. Tadoba, Melghat, Pench, Nagzira, Sahyadri and Bor.
- It should be noted that except Sahyadri tiger reserve (located in Kokan region) remaining 5 are located in Vidharbha region of state.
- Maharashtra has recorded around 190 tigers as per the 2014 Tiger census (usually conducted every four years). Tiger population has recorded a steady rise from 103 in 2006 to 169 in 2010.
- The increase population of Tigers in state has been attributed to the successful implementation of various conservation efforts.