08 Aug '18, 3pm

A tribe in India just sent us this letter about tigers

A tribe in India just sent us this letter about tigers

Deep in the Indian jungle, elders in an indigenous tribe called the Chenchu gather to write a letter to the outside world. The Chenchu are going through this trouble to talk to you because they are afraid. Lately, the government has been trying to get them to leave the jungle. They live on what has been declared a tiger reserve. “Without us, the forest won’t survive, and without the forest, we won’t survive,” the Chenchu say in their letter. The government says tigers need a human-free environment to flourish. It's true that tigers have faced a lot of trouble from humans over the past few decades. In the 70s, there were only 2,000 tigers left in India. But the link between tribal people and declining tigers is fuzzy at best. Poaching, logging and agriculture have been eating into tiger territory lately, while tribal people have been living in harmony with tigers for thousa...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/conservation/tribe-india-just-...

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