Tiger's

Destiny

 

by

 

Anthony Marr

 

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Part 2a

What must be

saved

at all cost

Bandhavgarh

Tiger Reserve

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Bandhavgarh National

Park is about 400 sq.

km. in area and is said

to contain about 40

tigers.  But in 1998

alone, at least 6 tigers, including the famous

Sita, were poached.

"This is not just a

place for recreation, but a serious effort

to preserve our flora and fauna for our children."  Sounds enlightened, but

can they do it?

 

"SAVE THEM ALL,"

says the sign. 

For Bandhavgarh,

that is a lot.

"A thing of beauty!"

exclaimed Omni Film's

writer and director

Andrew Gardner.

 

Except

for the elephants,

this could

be a park

in BC, Canada..

Elephants are

the only way

to go off road

in search of tigers for researchers and tourists alike..

 

A congregation of tourist jeeps upon a tiger sighting.  On this day, there were three elephants ferrying tourists to and from the tiger.  In each jeep is a park guide who also ensures that tourists do not misbehave.

The

end

of the rainy season, the height

of the beauty season.

 

A tall tripod

is needed to

 film wildlife

from elephant back, since elephants

hardly ever

 stand still.

In the heart of the park is a thousand year old Vishnu statue.  Every year in March villagers by the thousands flood in to pay homage.

   

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