E22 : Tiger Man of India - Kailash Sankhala

A Century Of Stories

Jan 8 2024 • 7 mins

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In this episode, Kunal Vijayakar unveils the fascinating tale of Project Tiger and the Tiger Man of India - Kailash Sankhala!

The 1970s marked a dire revelation for India's Bengal tigers, with their population plummeting to alarming levels. Kailash Sankhala, then Director of the Delhi Zoo, brought this crisis to light through a groundbreaking tiger census report. Faced with the imminent threat of extinction, Sankhala's relentless efforts paved the way for a pivotal moment in Indian conservation history.

Explore how Sankhala, with his deep passion for wildlife preservation, garnered support from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, leading to the initiation of 'Project Tiger' on April 1st, 1973. Sankhala's role as the project's first director, coupled with the designation of the tiger as India's national animal, set the stage for a remarkable conservation journey.

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