Madhya Pradesh: These 6 tiger reserves will remain closed until October
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03.07.2024 India Madhya Pradesh   8
Madhya Pradesh: These 6 tiger reserves will remain closed until October

As per latest reports, six tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh have closed their main areas to the public and tourists. The stocks affected by this seasonal closure include Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Satpura, Panna and Sanjay Dhubri. If reported, this closure will last until October 1 and is critical to the welfare of tigers and the overall safety of visitors.


Tiger safaris will continue to be available in the buffer zones of designated tiger reserves. However, tourists will be restricted from entering key areas of national parks and tiger reserves for three months, with this restriction remaining in effect until October 1.


The monsoon season is a critical time for tigers and tigresses as they mate and prefer solitude. Any disturbance during this period can cause these majestic animals to become aggressive. This is one of the main reasons for the closure of national parks. By limiting human activity to core areas, parks provide the peace and quiet the tigers need to mate and groom. with their cubs. This dormant period is essential to maintaining healthy tiger populations and supporting conservation efforts.


In addition, heavy monsoon rains transform the landscape of these reserves, turning roads into muddy and slippery paths. Driving on unpaved roads within parks becomes extremely difficult and there is a significant risk of vehicles getting stuck or causing accidents. Swollen rivers and streams, potential landslides and generally unpredictable weather conditions further increase the danger. By closing core areas, park authorities are protecting tourists from these hazards, ensuring that visiting parks remains safe and enjoyable once they reopen.


Buffer zones remain open


Despite the closure of the main zones, tourists can still enjoy tiger safaris in the buffer zones of some reserves. These buffer zones provide a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the parks and observe wildlife in their natural habitat, albeit at a safer distance from the main areas. This compromise allows tourism to continue and supports the local economy while prioritizing the safety and conservation needs of tigers.


Monsoon rains can cause significant damage to park infrastructure, including roads, bridges and viewing platforms. Closing the parks this season will allow maintenance crews to make necessary repairs without additional pressure from tourists. Additionally, this period supports broader conservation efforts. Park authorities can focus on anti-poaching efforts and other important tasks without the distraction of managing visitors. During these months, research and conservation projects that require a calm environment can be more effectively carried out.

Source: timesofindia

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