This week, the Supreme Court in India has banned tourism in tiger reserves across the country in a further attempt to protect the endangered big cats. But, despite their good intentions, there is growing concern that the ruling will do more harm than good.
After discovering the mutilated remains of a tiger and 40 odd traps in Tadoba Tiger Reserve, it gave its forest rangers permission to shoot poachers on sight.
Even if you’re not that into big cats, this pic would warm the cockles of the hardest heart. We wrote in August last year about the dwindling tiger population in India, one of the last havens for the majestic animal, and the government’s plans to turn one of their last padding grounds into an ecotourism destination.
Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi’s recent announcement that the government was keen on turning the Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) into an exclusive ecotourist destination has been received with great excitement and enthusiasm.