Tadoba ti­gress, cub to ride Nag­pur metro

Iconic im­age of Tadoba’s Maya, her cub to grace metro car­riages soon

Mid Day - - CITY - RAN­JEET JAD­HAV ran­jeet.jad­hav@mid-day.com

YOU could soon be rid­ing on a train with the world fa­mous ti­gress, Maya, a res­i­dent of Tadoba And­hari Tiger Re­serve. The iconic im­age of the ti­gress with her cub, shot by wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher Amol Bais, will soon grace the coaches of the Nag­pur metro, to help with tiger conservation ef­forts. In 2016, a postal stamp with the fa­mous im­age was re­leased.

Bais, an honorary wildlife war­den at Chan­dra­pur, said, “An of­fi­cial from Nag­pur Metro’s rolling stock de­part­ment ap­proached me a few months ago and said they wanted to use my pic­ture of Maya and her cub on the coaches of the Nag­pur metro. As Nag­pur is the tiger cap­i­tal of Ma­ha­rash­tra, I am very happy that they will be us­ing the pic­ture, which will re­mind the peo­ple about the im­por­tance of tiger conservation.”

On Jan­uary 1, 2016, Bais was in Tadoba on a sa­fari, dur­ing which he captured the beau­ti­ful pic­ture of Maya’s cub hug­ging her. The pic­ture went vi­ral on so­cial net­work­ing sites after Bais up­loaded it and within a few days it had crossed 2.5 lakh likes on face­book. The pic­ture also re­ceived a lot of good re­views from the in­ter­na­tional me­dia, with the pic­ture be­ing widely pub­lished abroad. Ma­ha­rash­tra For­est Min­is­ter Sud­hir Mun­gan­ti­war was so im­pressed by the beau­ti­ful click that in 2016, on World Tiger Day, a postal stamp of the pic­ture was of­fi­cially re­leased by the postal de­part­ment. Maya is one of the most pho­tographed ti­gresses in the country.

PIC/AMOL BAIS

The now fa­mous pic­ture of Maya with her cub shot at the Tadoba And­hari Tiger Re­serve.

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