From around 40,000 at the turn of the last century, there are very few tigers left in India today. The current tiger population of India constitutes over 50% of the world's tiger population. The coming years will be extremely crucial for the long term survival of the tiger. As a part of World Tiger Day celebrations NDTV along with other Save Our Tigers heroes roar their support for tigers.
NDTV's Vikram Chandra with actor Dia Mirza and Aircel's CMO Anupam Vasudev at an event to celebrate the World Tiger Day.
The panellists of the World Tiger Day event included Dia Mirza - Actor, Bittu Sahgal - Founding Editor, Sanctuary Asia, Anish Andheria - Wildlife Conservation Trust, Bishan Singh Bonal - National Tiger Conservation Authority, Dr Y V Jhala - Wildlife Institute of India, Qamar Quereshi - Wildlife Institute of India.
As a part of the World Tiger day event, NDTV awarded all the people who have done exceptional work in the field of wildlife conservation. Panchanan Nayak from the Athgarh Forest Division in Odisha, is a daily wage worker and represents the entire community of elephant Trackers and Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Squads, who have turned around the situation in one of the worst human-elephant conflict afflicted landscapes in India.
NDTV awarded Kime Rambia from the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh - a young Range Forest Officer who has brought new life and enthusiasm to the forest staff in his first wildlife posting and is widely acknowledged as one of the best rangers Pakke has had.
NDTV awarded Ravishankar C, the Assistant Conservator of Forests at Bandipur National Park in Karnataka for the exceptional work he has done in the field of wildlife conservation. He was the first head of the first Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) in the country. He has shown exemplary courage in fighting poaching and in man-animal conflict situations in the region.
To celebrate the bravery and roar the support for tigers, Kailash Kher joined NDTV for World Tiger Day celebrations.
Meet Kimthanga from the remote Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizoram who has been braving the harsh landscape for a quarter of a century to protect and conserve the region's unique forests and wildlife, despite the constant threat of insurgents, including those who kidnapped his own son.
Meet Nazir Malik from the Dachigam National Park in Kashmir. He has dedicated the last two decades of his life to the park's wildlife and specially the hangul, from fighting poachers to standing guard during the years of the worst insurgency, when most had deserted the park.
As a part of the World Tiger day event, NDTV awarded all the people who have done exceptional work in the field of wildlife conservation. Roheet Karoo from the Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra who is a tiger protector, crusader and wilderness activist who has dedicated his life to the animal and it's habitat since he was a teenager. His surveys and studies have resulted in the declaration of the Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, which has given the Tadoba Tiger Reserve a much needed boost.