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Commemoration of International Tiger Day at Tata Zoo Tiger Cubs named "SALONI" AND "SUNAINA"

Jamshedpur, July 30, 2018

On the occasion of the International Tiger Day-2018,  celebrated yesterday, this year the Tata Steel Zoological Park organized programmes like “Poster presentation on Save Tigers”, “Keeper talk”, “Touch n Learn” and naming of the tiger cubs born last year (on August 23, 2017). Nominations for naming of the tiger cubs were invited via email and also directly vide drop boxes from February 5th to March 1st. A total of 457 entrees were received. Out of all the suggested names received from the general public,  214 female names for two female cubs were shortlisted. Finally, the two names selected for the two cubs are SALONI AND SUNAINA.

The International Tiger Day was first celebrated in 2010 and was founded at an international summit at St Petersburg. It had been called in response to the shocking news that 97% of all wild tigers had disappeared in the last century. Tigers are on the brink of extinction and International Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this fact so as to try and halt the decline.

Accordingly, one of the major objectives of the Tata Steel Zoological Park is to create awareness on the need to conserve and preserve the country’s wild fauna diversity through awareness programs as well as aligning itself with ongoing international campaigns like ‘Save the Tiger’.

The commemoration of International Tiger Day began at 11.00 am with a welcome speech by Dr. Seema Rani, Biologist cum Education officer in which she explained about the necessity of conservation of tigers. Thereafter two names were selected through lottery, one for each cub, by the school students participating in the celebrations. The winners of the “name the tiger cubs contest” are Baidhnath Kumar Pandit from Baliguma, Dimna (suggested name- Salony) and Rita Mahato, F-38, Taya colony, Gamahria (suggested name – Sunaina).

The next event was the “Keeper talk on Tiger” given by Animal Keepers Mr. Lalan Kumar and Mr. Vijay Mukhi,  and poster presentation sessions by Zoo volunteers Mr. Rahul Tiwari and Harshita Champia. The programme concluded on 4.00pm with the activity “Touch and Learn” by Mr. Pratap Singh Gill at NEC. A total of 65 school children and visitors participated in the celebrations.

Mr. Bipul Chakrabarty, Director, TSZP was present as the Chief Guest and Mr. Sanjay Kumar Mahato, Curator, TSZP was the Guest of Honour. Other dignitaries present were Ms. Sanjeeta Sharkar from KPS NML, Mr. Suman Sarkar from KPS Burmamanies, and Mr. Prakash Mahato from Utkramit High School, Saraikela  Kharswan.

The programme was coordinated by Dr. Seema Rani, Biologist cum Education Officer, Tata Steel Zoological Park.

About Tata Steel                  
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2018. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $20.41 billion (INR 133,016 crore) in FY18. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000. Tata Steel retained Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel was felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2018) and ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018). The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the sixth time (2018), Steel Sustainability Champions (2017) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2017 & 2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2017) as well as 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

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