|Volume 5 Issue 04 | April 2011|
Survival of the Fittest
The Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, presently has a viable population of Royal Bengal Tigers. Due to natural disasters such as cyclones Sidr (2007) and Aila (2009), however, many sweet water ponds have been destroyed, resulting in food and water scarcity of the animals who have been forced to move out of their territory. In south-western Bangladesh, many people depend on the natural resources of the forest such as honey, wood and golpata for their survival, but going to collect them is becoming ever-increasingly dangerous. Tigers have attacked many people, leaving them dead or injured, while their loved ones are left as helpless widows and orphans. In angry retaliation, the people, too, kill the tigers, already an endangered species.
Tushikur Rahman is a documentary photographer.
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