Wildlife selfie craze worries Indian conservationists

By: GizBot Bureau

    Worried with reports of deaths due to craze for wildlife selfies, conservationists have raised concerns about enthusiasts risking their lives and endangering animals for photographs.

    Wildlife selfie craze worries Indian conservationists

    "The trend is of people clicking selfies when they spot animals or are holding them and upload on social media. No one should die. As long as its 3D (someone taking a picture with wildlife in the background) it is okay but one shouldn't risk lives. I would suggest don't do it," said Pradeep Vyas, West Bengal's principal chief conservator of forests and chief wildlife warden.

    SEE ALSO: 5 Features We definitely want to see in Samsung Gear Fit 2

    Conceding he had received reports of certain deaths which allegedly occurred while clicking selfies, Vyas urged youngsters to refrain from putting themselves at risk, at a discussion on 'Role of Civil Society in Wildlife Conservation' organised by Society For Heritage and Ecological Researches (SHER) here on Tuesday.

    On the same page, conservationist Bittu Sahgal said one should not go for selfies at locations that are out of bounds or could endanger wildlife.

    Wildlife selfie craze worries Indian conservationists

    "If you are sitting in a jeep and taking a selfie then its fine. There is no harm but risking your life or breaking a rule or endangering animals is not done," said Sahgal, founding-editor of Sanctuary Asia and member of Maharashtra Board for Wildlife.

    SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy C5 Roundup: What's Great About The Alleged Metal Clad Phone In The Making

    Last year, a councillor was hurled to death by a tusker who charged him as he attempted to click photographs of a herd of elephants at Manikpara in Bengal's West Midnapore district. In February, a baby dolphin died after beachgoers in Argentina passed it around for selfies.

    Source IANS

    Read More About: selfie smartphones photos india news
    X

    Stay updated with latest technology news & gadget reviews - Gizbot

    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Gizbot sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Gizbot website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more