Guwahati: The Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park in Karnataka has named a six-month-old tigress cub ‘Hima’ to honour ace sprinter Hima Das, who won laurels for the country by bagging five gold medals in a month.
The zoo authorities have said that they have named the tigress cub as ‘Hima’ to attract more tourists at the park and also to raise awareness about the importance of tiger conservation among the masses.
Celebrating International Tiger Day on July 29, the Bengaluru-based wildlife hub took the opportunity to announce the initiative of naming the six-month-old female tiger cub.
Incidentally, the cub made its first public appearance on July 28, in the safari zone of the park. She made an appearance along with three other male and five female cubs.
“A model on the impact of tiger extinction will be on display at the entrance of the zoo. Visitors will also have a chance to make their own tiger animals as part of the celebration,” park’s executive director Vanashree Vipin Singh was quoted as saying by media reports.
The park authorities has also released eight tigers into the safari enclosure for public viewing on Monday.
Das is currently basking in glory after she won five gold medals at different athletics competitions within a month’s period.
On July 20, the ace sprinter from Assam bagged her fifth gold medal in a month — at the 400-metre race in Prague, Czech Republic.
Earlier, she won a gold at a 200 m race in Tabor Athletic Meet on July 17. Prior to Tabor Athletic Meet, she won three gold at different events including a gold medal in Klado Athletic Meet, Kunto Athletics Meet, and Poznan Athletics Grand Prix.