An Indian river sanctuary, protected by a curse, is threatened by the modern world

February 22, 2015 5:45 AM

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An Indian river sanctuary, protected by a curse, is threatened by the modern world

In this photo taken Monday, April 28, 2014, an Indian villager rides a camel across the River Chambal near Bhopepura village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A narrow 250-mile stretch of the Chambal was declared an official sanctuary in the late 1970s, closing it to everyone but longtime villagers, approved scientists and the handful of tourists who make it here. But with India’s economic growth came troubles that threaten the Chambal and its wildlife: polluting factories, illegal sand mining and fish poachers who hack at gharials with axes when the animals get tangled in their nets. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) (The Associated Press)

In this photo taken Monday, April 28, 2014, Indian villagers cross the River Chambal on a ferry near Bhopepura village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A narrow 250-mile stretch of the Chambal was declared an official sanctuary in the late 1970s, a sanctuary of crocodiles and jackals, ...

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