Karnataka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bandipur and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Karnataka. On the occasion of the completion of 50 years of Project Tiger here, they also enjoyed a safari in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve forest. They reached the Bandipar Tiger Reserve and then also reached the Elephant Camp of Theppakdu. On the completion of fifty years of Project Tiger, they also launched the International Big Cat Allowance. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi said that Elephant Whispers represents our heritage of amazing relationship between animal and creature. Prime Minister Modi said that the Oscar-winning documentary Elephant Whispers also shows our legacy of the wonderful relationship between nature and creatures. I insist that you (foreigners) take the life and tradition of our tribal society and bring something new to your country and society.
Prime Minister Modi said on the completion of 50 years of Project Tiger that the number of tourists in the Tiger Reserve has increased due to the big cats and this has strengthened the local economy. The presence of big cats has had a positive impact on the lives of local people everywhere and the ecology there. It is more pleasant for our people that at the time when we have completed 75 years of our independence, at the same time about 75 percent of the world’s tiger population is in India. Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi said that we are all witnessing an important milestone, Project Tiger has completed 50 years. India has not only saved tigers but also provided them with a beautiful eco-system to thrive.
Prime Minister Modi said, first of all, I apologize to you. I left at six in the morning and thought I would be back on time, but I was an hour late. I apologize for making you all wait for me. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also announced the latest figure of the number of tigers. In the year 2022, the number of tigers in the country was 3167. The number of tigers has increased by 200 in the last four years. Earlier in 2018 this figure was 2967. Prime Minister Modi also released a commemorative coin to mark 50 years of Project Tiger and launched the International Big Cats Alliance. It includes countries where seven animals of the marjar species—tiger, lion, snow leopard, puma, jaguar, and leopard—are found. This organization will focus on protection and security of animals. The Prime Minister also visited Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu. They also fed the elephants here. He then wrote on Twitter that, as I said in my speech yesterday, I love the Tamil language, Tamil culture and the atmosphere of Chennai. Apart from this, the Prime Minister also tweeted pictures of the jungle safari. Also wrote, Spent a beautiful morning at Bandipura Tiger Reserve and got a glimpse of India’s wild life, natural beauty and diversity. After the Tiger Reserve, Prime Minister Modi reached the Elephant Camp of Theppakdoo and here he also fed sugarcane to the elephants with his own hands. Importantly, Bandipur Tiger Reserve was brought under Project Tiger in 1973. After that several adjacent reserve forest areas were annexed to the reserve spread over 880.02 square kilometers. Bandipur Tiger Reserve today covers an area of 912.04 sq km.
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