- Posted June 15, 2012 by
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India's dying tigers - 48 dead in 22 weeks
- stein0726, CNN iReport producer
I must say, I write this with a deep sense of sadness. Despite repeated initiatives taken by conservationists and the government, poaching seems to be a real nightmare. But it isn't only poaching that's threating India's tiger population, I read in the news today, but also a rise in eco-tourism. According to Wildlife Extra and IBNlive, 48-50 tigers have died in the past 22 weeks. It turns out, tiger reserves are now worried to report new deaths to the media.
I remember watching this tiger up-close while on a safari in the Banerghatta National Park. The special tiger reserve there has few tigers, all confined to that particular enclosure; I assume their natural instincts are fading because they are fed routinely and constantly in human vicinity.