FORTY girls of a tribal ashram school from Borda village in the buffer zone of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) were treated to a three-hour safari in Chandrapur district on Saturday on the birthday of Prime Minster Narendra Modi.
Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar flagged off two special buses at the TATR office in Chandrapur. The children were shown a documentary film on TATR before they set off for the safari. The girls were accompanied by two female teachers and two female guides.
TATR Field Director G P Garad told The Indian Express, “They had a very nice round of TATR and could catch leisurely sightings of all prominent animals including gaur, sambhar, cheetaland wild boar. Unfortunately, they missed tiger sighting by a whisker.”
They were also given tea, biscuits, water and refreshments. They had worn specially designed t-shirts with a logo having pictures of Modi, Mungantiwar, matinee idol and brand ambassador for Forest Department Amitabh Bachchan and a tiger. Mungantiwar addressed the students highlighting the importance of tiger conservation.
The forest department has decided to take poor students from zilla parishad, ashram schools, slum schools and other government schools on a tiger safari at TATR twice a week since they cannot afford.