Bangalore: The wall of Indian cricket , Rahul Dravid on Tuesday batted for tiger conservation, alarmed by their fast decline.
"The tiger is a wonderful symbol of our ecosystem. We need to protect it," said former captain of India
Dravid has decided that he would bat for the tiger and espouse his cause henceforth.
Former Indian captain was in New Delhi on Tuesday to attend a conference on ecosystems, climate change and national development at the Teen Murti Bhavan.
Dravid , who was sitting in the back row was keenly listening the programmes.
"As a child I was always in love with forests and wildlife. I came to listen and learn from different experts on climate change and environment protection," he said.
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It was environmentalist Bittu Sahgal, who had invited Rahul to the conference.
At the start of twenth century there were nearly 40,000 tigers in India. Today the number has shrunk to 17,00.