Tiger Tourism: Radha Gets You a Date With Tigers
After nineteen years of teaching Biology, Chennai’s Radha Sharma has quit her job and has turned tiger reserves across India her new classroom. Wildlife and adventure enthusiasts are her new students. She takes them up close to tigers giving them an experience and learning of a lifetime. Radha is one of the very few women in India in this space.
It was a tiger sighting during a wildlife photography tour in 2014 at the Bandhavgarh tiger reserve with Mr Gudda, a sought after Naturalist good in spotting tigers Radha says, brought about this U turn. “After a 30 minute drive Guda applied brakes and there we saw our friend Bazoola (a tigress) leap. It was a family of five with cubs near a Jamoon tree. Soon after langurs and peacocks made calls and I was speechless for thirty minutes” Radha told tellmystory.in.
Her passion for tigers only turned wild ever since. Visits to tiger reserves increased. The excitement among her students when she shared with them her tiger encounters made her evolve a package to help them experience the same thrill and joy. That was the beginning of the company “Earth Calling Expeditions” that Gudda and Radha co-founded. “Now our summer programme for kids include learning about tiger census, tracing pug marks, brick making, trekking besides sessions on wildlife by forest officials” explains Radha.
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