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India highlights upside of 'tiger tourism'

Visitors deserve some of the credit for successful conservation efforts

Tourists from around India and beyond have been heading to the country's nature reserves to see tigers such as this one in the state of Maharashtra. (Photo by Charukesi Ramadurai)

NEW DELHI -- In April, there was an unusual post on a private Facebook group called "Tigers of India," where wildlife enthusiasts share their experiences in the country's many tiger reserves. Typically, the group tends to showcase stunning photographs of the big cats hunting, eating or playing with their young.

On that day though, a post included two cropped images of a tiger's face with a concerned message about a maggot infestation in an old wound. The photographer had noticed the tiger's discomfort and asked group members to help in passing on the information to the forest authorities. Like other regular visitors to the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, the photographer had been able to identify the tiger by name.

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