They aim to create awareness on wildlife protection
Udupi: Three young men — Aseem from Chikmagalur, Ankur from Bangalore and Ashish from Arsikere — have taken up a novel route to create awareness on protection of tigers and other endangered species, by travelling on their motorcycles to different parts of the country.
They began their journey on June 5 (World Environment Day) from Bangalore and travelled to Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and other States. Their target destination is Kanyakumari and they will end it at Bangalore on August 15. The three were in Udupi on Thursday enroute to Dharmasthala. “We have received positive response to our campaign,” says Aseem. “We would have covered about 16,000 km on the bike by August 15. Travelling on bikes in some areas such as Leh was difficult. We faced mechanical problems with our motorcycles at Jaipur and Jodhpur, otherwise it has been smooth sailing for us. We have been covering nearly 300 km daily.”
Ashish said that though the Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation and the Forest Department were supporting their cause, the money for the expedition was their own. “Even if our message reaches one or two per cent of the population, we would be happy. During our expedition, we visited six wildlife sanctuaries. We chose motorcycles to spread the message because we felt that the youth would be attracted to it,” he said. Ankur and Ashish are from the NGO Purlieus, and Aseem is from Chikmagalur Wildlife and Adventure Society.