WHYTE ADOPTS GAURI, THE WHITE TIGRESS!
Tigers remain an elusive species today due to their declining population because of habitat loss, poaching and rapid urbanization. While tigers are generally found throughout Southeast Asia and China, India remains the most abundant home of this marvellous animal. This is quite a feat, considering that only slightly more than 10% of the original tiger habitat remains available to tigers in India. ‘Project Tiger’ was started in 1973 to prevent extinction and to date, there are more than 25 tiger reserves which are established on reclaimed land, where human development and inhabitation is forbidden.
The tiger population has been steadily rising in the last few years, thanks to the efforts of nature preservationist and contributors to general animal welfare. This has also resulted in a small but effective rise in jungle tourism pertaining to tiger sightings, which has also helped spread awareness about the threat to animal habitat.
Whyte has always been a constant supporter of animal welfare. In our endeavor to make a difference to the society, we have been on a constant look out for promoting their well-being and making a difference to their lives.
A recent such initiative was to adopt a white tigress, Gauri. Being ardent animal lovers, Whyte wanted to be in proximity, witnessing Gauri’s care and connect with her at an emotional level. Now that Gauri is family, we get to spend time with her to unravel the magnificence and ironic ferocity of this beautiful animal - what makes her happy, her likes and dislikes, health needs, reactions to attention and especially her territorial dominance!
As Mahatma Gandhi once said - "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." There are many global organizations that have made it their work to protect and care for animals. Whyte is grateful to such formal organizations and appreciate the immense effort that goes into their work.
Whyte remains committed and will continue to contribute in whatever small way we can, to care for tigers and ensure that we spread the importance of ‘Saving the Tiger’, which is a revolutionary movement across the globe. We hope that like us, many more organisations will participate and propel efforts of preservation authorities and help re-build a sustainable habitat for tigers.