Number of Tigers Killed in India for Body Parts Increasing Annually; Wild Tigers Could Be Extinct Within 12 Years

6 January 2011

Rothschild Safaris Launches India Wildlife Safaris With Tiger Trekking Components: Tourism Helps Conservation Efforts

Denver, CO – Wild tigers are facing an extreme extinction crisis, with about 3,200 left in the wild, compared to 100,000 in the early 1900s MSNBC recently reported.  Tigers are particularly vulnerable in India, followed by China and Nepal.

Tiger parts including bones, meat, skins and fur, are being sold on black markets for large amounts of money and used for decoration, medicine and even good luck charms.  On average, over 100 tigers are reportedly disappearing per year, with some claiming that actual numbers may be much higher.

“This is truly sad and distressing that tigers are being poached and killed for parts to the point that this is now a huge worldwide wildlife crisis,” says Leora Rothschild, founder and president of Rothschild Safaris.  “Tourism, such as our itineraries through India, has been recognized as a source of assistance to the cause as more people visit on safari, recognize the issue, and donate time or money to the cause after visiting.  This is the time to visit and experience these beautiful creatures, as it is quite possible they won’t be around forever.”

Rothschild Safaris has launched India Wildlife Safaris for those wishing to experience a new spirit of adventure in this destination rich in legends and authenticity -- India.  Itineraries can be built on trekking for wild tigers, along with visits to the buzzing metropolis of New Delhi, the timeless cities of Udaipur and Jaipur, and the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal.  Leora Rothschild personally researched and traveled to destinations in India to create the ultimate safari mix of wildlife sightings and cultural experiences in a plush travel setting.  Guests can trust their experiences will benefit from her hand-selection of guides, properties and experiences.

Whether guests wish to track the Bengal tiger through thick forests on elephant backs, count the vast varieties of colorful birds, taste-test the distinct local cuisines, view the architectural masterpieces or intricate carvings of the ancient temples of Khajuraho, Rothschild Safaris helps to create unforgettable memories.

Rothschild Safaris is launching their new India product with a grand tour led by a Rothschild team member designed to introduce travelers to this diverse and stimulating country.

The trip will take place from Feb. 11-24, 2011, focusing on the highlights of India including Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi and the tiger wildlife reserves. Optional extensions are available to other parts of India or Bhutan.