60 days, 1200 kms, a group of 45-odd participants will walk and cycle the distance from the dense forests of Tadoba Wildlife Sanctuary in Vidarbha all the way to Mumbai. The aim is to increase awareness of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
Led by Thane-based avid trekker Sunil Joshi, the walk will start from December 14 to Febuary 10 and pass by 14 wildlife sanctuaries.
Joshi conceptualized this idea of "Tiger cyclo-walk'' about two years following his own experience. In 1985, he was a part of the "walk Norway'' programme that involved traversing 2,560 km from North Cape (Northern tip) to Lindesnes (Southern tip) aimed
at creating awareness about re-forestation.
"Such a concept of walking long distances for a cause is quite prevalent in western countries. Two decades ago, trekking groups could walk from Thane to Borivali through forest area. Now with humans encroaching on forest land, leopards entering settlements
have become common. No one treks on this route anymore, '' Joshi said. "We therefore, need to spread awareness of protecting our jungles and also balance the ecology. Protecting our wilderness will in turn, protect the tiger and other species,'' Joshi, who
makes a living of manufacturing mountaineering gear from his passion in adventure activities, said
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