WildTeam organises a wild rickshaw challenge in Bangladesh to change the game for nature
Twenty adventurers from all over the world cycled over 400km on rickshaws across the beautiful landscape of Bangladesh to champion the protection of the endangered Bengal tiger and the largest mangrove forest in the world – the Sundarbans. Join WildTeam and the challengers on this incredible journey by following the progress of this noble cause.
This is no ordinary cycle ride. The challengers travelled on the most iconic and colourful mode of transportation: the cycle rickshaw. The epic journey took place over 10 days from 16-26 February 2013. Through the eyes of the challengers, the world experienced the natural beauty of Bangladesh and its people, including the longest sea beach in the world, the lush hill tracts and the mysterious Sundarbans mangroves. The nature-loving challengers came together for a reason – they wish to celebrate the rich natural heritage of Bangladesh and raise awareness of the need to join together to protect endangered wild tigers and their home. The team also raised funds through sponsorship to support the tiger conservation activities of WildTeam, a nature conservation organisation based in Bangladesh. In this way, their legacy continues even after they return to their home countries. Through this thrilling event, these brave individuals paved a path for other individuals looking for a way to contribute to a bright future for tigers.
No matter what country we come from, no matter what we do, we are connected by the bond we share with nature and our love for it. The challengers come from all walks of life, from a Bangladeshi healthcare expert, to a guidebook writer, to His Excellency the Danish Ambassador, Mr Svend Olling. All have come together to do this challenging 400km cycle by rickshaw, to show their dedication for tiger conservation.
Worldwide, tiger numbers have plummeted by almost 100,000 over the last 100 years, and today only 3,200 wild tigers remain on our planet. The rising illegal demand for tiger products has increased illegal smuggling and tiger poaching. WildTeam believes that it is not too late to ensure a secure future for tigers. The time to act is now.
The Bangladesh Sundarbans is home to one of the largest population of tigers in the world. By protecting her tigers, Bangladesh has a unique opportunity to become world renowned as a tiger stronghold and contribute to the survival of tigers on our planet. Through this event Bangladesh is showing leadership in bringing the world’s support to protect the tiger – the most celebrated symbol of nature’s majestic beauty. The Bengal tiger is our national pride – the fighting spirit of the Bangladeshi people resonates in the tigers’ mighty roar. A threat to tigers thus calls us all to come forward in whatever way we can. The Wild Rickshaw Challenge is a large step in the right direction.
The Wild Rickshaw Challenge was a pilgrimage, a journey undertaken to show our love for nature and celebrate the Sundarbans and our Royal Bengal tigers. Join WildTeam and the challengers on this incredible journey by following the progress of this noble cause.