Maharashtra government has roped Superstar Amitabh Bachchan as its new ambassador for the Tiger Conservation Project. His association will help to raise awareness about saving the tigers in the state.
In this regard Mr. Bachchan has accepted an offer which was forwarded by state Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
State government had forwarded this proposal to Mr. Bachchan after Tiger Protection Foundation approved a proposal of his appointment as ambassador to promote the Save Tiger campaign in July 2015.
It should be noted that Mr. Bachchan is also brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism since February 2010.
Tiger Conservation in Maharashtra
Currently, Maharashtra 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). Successful implementation of various conservation efforts has helped to increase population of Tigers in state. Tiger population has recorded a steady rise from 103 in 2006 to 169 in 2010.