Des villageois des contreforts de l'Himalaya viennent au zoo de Lucknow pour voir véritablement à quoi ressemblent le tigre et le léopard, et pour apprendre un comportement adéquat en cas de rencontre. The Times of India, ce jour. TNN. "Know the tiger" lessons at zoo for villagers who don't know the animal.
"It was a big animal, similar to a blue bull."
"I saw it from a distance, it was as large as a buffalo."
"I fought with a strange animal to save my cattle. I am not sure if it was a tiger or a leopard."
These are some of the responses the forest department gets from villagers who have had encounters with tigers near their habitat. In many cases, ignorant villagers end up harming the endangered animal simply because they do not know what it is. To avoid man-tiger conflict, people living in forest-villages of UP will be taken to the zoo in batches and shown what a tiger looks like.
Most of these people do not know what colour a tiger or a leopard is or which has stripes and which has spots...
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