Sambhar Deer along Bandipur Madhumalai Highway

This is a story of how humans are impacting the wild in a negative way

let the wild be wild and free



I was pondering today about the pandemic that is affecting the entire world and decided to write this story to reflect on how we as a human race in a quest to rapidly develop, and urbanize have brought about this calamity upon ourselves. We humans share this planet with every other creature and are not owners of this planet. We are caretakers, what this means is we need to understand the importance of why the natural resources we possess have to be preserved, protected, and respected. The human population today is growing out of control and this is causing a lot of strain on natural resources and wildlife. Below are a number of examples on how we are affecting the wild places and wildlife in a negative way. The whole human race has to be cognizant of this and needs to work together to change this. Wildlife lovers, naturalists, environment protection agencies alone cannot tip the scale it needs everyone's participation.

Wild animals are being captured and trained to perform in front of audience at theme parks and shows. We have seen this in circus and many other places.

Sea Lion performing a show at a premier theme park, Florida

There is lot of illegal grazing in designated wild areas by cattle from nearby villages and farms. This spreads diseases to wild animals.

Cattle grazing inside Velanthangal Bird Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu

Wild animals in close proximity to humans is altering their wild behavior and conditioning them to lose their wild instincts.

Wild Horses roaming a beach in Assateague Island, Maryland

Human settlement encroaching and ever expanding, into existing marshes and wetlands.

Painted Storks in a Marsh close to an apartment complex, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Humans living along forestland and collecting firewood, honey, and fish from the forest. This results in man animal conflicts.

Fishermen fishing in the Sundarbans Delta, West Bengal

Wild animals scavenging on trash and leftover food from humans. Animals are becoming dependent on food and trash from humans, instead of finding their natural food.

Racoons coming out to scavenge on food and trash in the evening, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Pressures of wildlife tourism on animals inside India's National Parks. Animals and humans become complacent with each other.

Tiger in close proximity to Safari Jeeps, Ranthambore, Rajasthan

Shrinking forests and wild lands resulting in a number of wild animals commonly found along highways. This results in road kills and other injury to animals.

Elephant and calf along Bandipur Madhumalai Highway

Wild animals commonly grazing in tea estates and plantations. This again leads to man animal conflict with destruction of crops, plants etc..

Gaur at very close distance unperturbed by presence of humans

Animals constantly looking for processed food from humans. These processed foods are harmful to the animals.

Macaque scavenging on food 

This close proximity with wild animals may result in transmission of diseases to humans as well. Last but not the least many wild animals are poached, reared in farms, and eaten and this leads to outbreak of diseases.

What all this means is we need to live in balance with nature, we need to adapt, amend, adjust and accept the wild for what it is. Once again let the Wild be Wild and Free!!!

Naveen Naidu

Data Engineer

I am a passionate wildlife photographer, interested in conservation and creating awareness about nature.