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The end of tiger safaris?

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The end of tiger safaris?

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For centuries, the prospect of spotting a Bengal tiger in the wild has been a highlight of visiting India. Now the Government is to end the spectacle amid fears that the species is being “loved to death” by visitors desperate for a glimpse of tigers in the wild.

Tourism is to be phased out in the core regions of the 37 tiger reserves, Rajesh Gopal, the head of India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority, told The Times. “We should not forget that tiger reserves are primarily for conserving the endangered tiger and tourism is just a secondary outcome,” he said. “Our reserves are small and prone to disturbance caused by tourism. They cannot compete with large African savanna parks, which can stand large number of tourists.”

The Environment Ministry has ordered India’s states to wind down tourism in such areas and to tightly regulate it in surrounding regions where the chance of seeing a tiger is far smaller, Dr Gopal said. People who live in core tiger habitats will be moved.

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1. Re: The end of tiger safaris?

And here

telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/7642660/India…

thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23828791…

"The Indian government is to ban tourists from Bengal tiger reserves because it fears the animals are being “loved to death”.

Tourism is to be phased out in 37 tiger reserves because vehicles are destroying the grassland where the tigers hunt.

India's tiger population has fallen from 3,462 in 2002 to 1,411 in 2008. Conservationists say habitat damage caused by tourism has reached critical levels.

MK Ranjitsinh, chairman of the Wildlife Trust of India, said: “People do not realise the harm to the broader ecosystem. They are loving the tiger to death.”

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5. Re: The end of tiger safaris?

I agree entirely that TA is not a forum for political views. However the point remains that many people may be planning a visit to a reserve when they visit India and the announcement must raise a question mark over THEIR TRAVEL PLANS. I had wanted to visit Ranthambore early 2011 - that now looks unlikely.

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6. Re: The end of tiger safaris?

Don't count your chickens John I've seen many's a heralded initiative from the GOI that never saw the light of day..

Like other here I can't see any sense in this. Tourists aren't the major problem, poaching and corruption are.

Edited: 29 April 2010, 16:46
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7. Re: The end of tiger safaris?

The minister recently expressed his belief that tigers were being deliberately targeted as a cynical ploy by vested interests far bigger than poaching or protection of livestock / villages. An interesting hypothesis.

No tiger--> forest de-reserved--> de-reserved forest then up for grabs by commercial interests.

Yes, what chance does the tiger stand?

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8. Re: The end of tiger safaris?

That's pretty sinister Ruff, makes sense though.

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9. Re: The end of tiger safaris?

I know of something similar in relation to turtles, this time imaginary nests in order to keep the beach pristine.

Edited: 29 April 2010, 17:26
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10. Re: The end of tiger safaris?

The honorable Minister used the specific words "mining and real estate Mafias" referring to those targeting Tigers,

and BTW ironically, tragically Tibet is the largest Market for the murdered Tigers, for its traditional medicine, after all that India has done selflessly...and some would say suffered from Bro across the Himalayas

These were The Historical Bhuddha's words, preaching Tiger Conservation 2500 years ago!

not from later commentarial texts

'Come back, O Tigers!, to the woods again,

and let it not be leveled with the plain.

For without you, the axe will lay it low.

You, without it, forever homeless go.'

Khuddaka Patha

Edited: 29 April 2010, 17:35