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It was quite an enterprising day for Amitabh Bachchan, as he made his first public appearance in his capacity as Maharashtra’s brand ambassador for Tigers, batting for the preservation of the endangered species.
Amitabh Bachchan kickstarted his tenure with a jungle safari in Sanjay Gandhi National Park accompanied by ministers and politicians. The safari was a successful one as not only did the team spot tigers, one of them even followed the safari bus for a good four kilometres. Post his hour long safari, Big B addressed a large audience and appealed to one and all to save the rapidly dwindling population of tigers.
“I will consider myself worthy as a brand ambassador when tiger preservation and securing their safety becomes successful. If my voice or face can provide anything good to this initiative, I will pledge myself. I have been in Mumbai for 65 years. But the safari showed me images that I have never seen before. And these are the things that makes me work for it. What makes me proud is that in the middle of the city, there is a national park which is a miracle and we have to save it,” said Amitabh Bachchan.
Expressing happiness at his new role as the ambassador for tigers, Bachchan said: “When we were moving from 19th to 20th century, the tiger count was 40,000. In 2008, it reduce 1411. The movement that started post that year has made it reach 2226 in number.”
The actor also highlighted a not so known fact about Maharashtra being home to the largest number of tigers in India.
Take a look at facts about the magnificent cat in the gallery below: