One visit to any forest in Central India is enough for you to guage the seriousness of the issue I am talking about here. Reserve forests are beginning to serve as habitats more to tourists than to wildlife. Studies have suggested several negative impacts of tourism on wildlife, including perturbance, hindrances in animal movement and migration and direct accidents. Not very long ago, a park in Central India lost a tiger cub to a rashly driven tourist jeep. Unless a balance is struck between eco-tourism and wildlife management, the impacts of tourism on the health of a reserve forest generally prove to be negative.
29th July is being celebrated as World Tiger Day this year. Veteran actor Om Puri stands up for tigers in the 'Leave Me Alone' campaign initiated by Sanctuary Asia to mark World Tiger Day. Watch the video here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBXT1VyJlh8
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