National Geographic : 1985 Apr
The Siberianor Amur tiger, as we designateit on the map, lives in the Amur River basin in both China and the U.S.S.R. The Chinese call it the North Chinese tiger. The recent tragedy in Bhopal appeared to be close to the Kanha National Park, where most of the research on the tiger was done. I am con cerned with what effect (ifany) the dangerous gas leak that killed so many people may have had on the animal population. Rick Haithcox Stanley, North Carolina The animals were not affected. The gas spread over 25 square miles; Kanha is 200 miles away. North American Waterfowl We were delighted to see the GEOGRAPHIC give prominent attention to America's imperiled wa terfowl and wetlands (November 1984). The Na ture Conservancy has safeguarded more than 2.3 million acres of ecologically significant land. About 40 percent of this total acreage is water fowl habitat. The Conservancy has purchased almost 70,000 acres along the waterfowl-rich Texas coast, arranged for donation of 118,000 wetland acres on North Carolina's Albemarle Pamlico peninsula, assisted in protecting some 4,200 acres around Nebraska's Platte River, and protected more than 100,000 acres of the South east's hardwood bottomland swamps. Preserv ing wetlands is now the Conservancy's highest protection priority for the coming decade. William D. Blair, Jr. President, The Nature Conservancy Arlington, Virginia I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for being the first publication I can think of to portray hunters in an objective, balanced light rather than as the thoughtless butchers so often por trayed in the media. Thomas W. Tripp Strongsville, Ohio As with all articles on man's desecration of the wildlife kingdom, "North American Waterfowl" was heart wrenching. Until man evolves, no longer hunting for pleasure, the wildlife of the world may not survive. Diana M. Hurst Kerrville, Texas Letters should be addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted.