Kolkata, March 21 (IANS) Wearing tiger masks, hundreds of school students came together here Thursday to raise awareness about saving the endangered wild animal.
“Children are flag-bearers of society, so educating them is a way to raise awareness,” Pradeep Shukla, director of Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve, told IANS. The reserve is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Holding placards that said ‘Save the tigers’ and ‘Say no to trigger, say yes to tigers’, the students put on bright tiger masks during the campaign ‘Kids for Tigers’ at La Martiniere for Girls school.
The students also fielded questions on wildlife from a quizmaster.
The event ended with a tiger dance or ‘Bagh Nritya’ by tribals from Odisha’s Ganjam district.
The event was organised by Aircel and Sanctuary Asia magazine.
The initiative was part of a nationwide programme that brought over half a million children together across 10 cities and towns for tiger conservation.