Hubli Tigers team adopts zoo tiger

Sep 9, 2017

Mysuru: Sportspersons, including cricketers, are getting into wildlife conservation. Many cricketers from Karnataka, including former players, are already working for the cause of wildlife conservation. The latest to show the gesture is Hubli Tigersteam.

On Thursday, the members of Hubli Tigers team, which registered a two-wicket win over Bengaluru Blasters in the sixth edition KPL match at SDNRW grounds, along with their franchise owners and led by captain Vinay Kumar, visited Mysuru Zoo. On the occasion, Abhishek Jindal and Shivek Jindal, representing the franchise, on behalf of Sushil Kumar Jindal, adopted a tiger by handing over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh. After the adoption programme, the players took a tour of the zoo.

Mallige Veeresh, chairperson of Zoo Authority of Karnataka, appreciated Hubli Tigers for adopting the tiger. She also wished the team members success in the KPL tournament.

Speaking to TOI, Abhishek said: “We are always fascinated by tigers. The way tigers move, their gaze and their hunting skills have always amused us. So there is ‘tiger’ in our team’s name. Some years ago, we came to know of the animal adoption programme in the zoo. Ever since, we have been adopting tigers, and it has proved lucky for our team.”

With regard to sportspersons getting into wildlife conservation, Abhishek said: “People have started to understand the necessity of conserving nature and animals. Today, the world is moving towards sustainable energy and valuing renewable energy. Hence, they are turning environment-friendly.” Mayank Agarwal, batsman from Karnataka who is now representing Hubli Tigers, also bats for wildlife. “Wildlife is an integral part of nature. Most of us enjoy being amidst nature as it refreshers our mind.” 

 Adoption is catching up

C Ravi Shankar, executive director of Mysuru Zoo, said: “Animal adoption in the facility is gaining momentum every year. We reminded Sushil Kumar Jindal, the owner of Hubli Tigers, to renew their gesture of tiger adoption. The family of Sushil Kumar, accompanied by the team members, visited the zoo and renewed the adoption for one more year. This is the third year that they are adopting the tiger. The family members of those who adopt animals by donating more than Rs 30,000 can visit the facility any number of times.”

Those who have often adopted tigers include yoga legend BKS Iyengar. Vinay Kumar has assured us he will adopt a tiger cub. It’s nice to see sportspersons showing interest in wildlife conservation, he added.

The zoo has 16 tigers and 11 elephants.