Follow Wild Chronicles to Periyar Nature Preserve, where the Indian government has found an innovative solution to a national problem.

Rather than prosecuting the poachers who once illegally stripped bark from sandalwood trees, the forestry department is hiring these men as park guides. In addition to providing them a better quality of life, these men now have a personal stake in protecting the preserve that they once exploited.

  1. Abdul Bashir, the tourism officer, says former poachers make excellent nature guides. Why?

  2. Do the men and women of Periyar make more money as guides or poachers?

Noun

management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

exploit
Verb

to use or take advantage of for profit.

forestry
Noun

management, cultivation, and harvesting of trees and other vegetation in forests.

government
Noun

system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

innovative
Adjective

new, advanced, or original.

national park
Noun

geographic area protected by the national government of a country.

poacher
Noun

person who hunts or fishes illegally.

prosecute
Verb

to accuse and carry out legal action against a person or organization.

tree
Noun

type of large plant with a thick trunk and branches.