Vishwanath M K
This was photographed in November 2010 in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve of Karnataka. It is evident that the mother elephant is completely agitated and trying to protect her calf. In spite of the efforts of the forest department in educating tourists and operators about maintaining a distance of at least 200m from wild animals, many violate these rules and approach animals closely, and provoke them at close range, seeking dangerous thrills.
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Drivers of vehicles on unregulated 'wildlife safaris' provide such 'entertainment' to the tourists in the vehicle, focussing on garnering large tips. Education of operators and tourists can go a long way in developing other healthy forms of appreciation for wildlife.