No more night safaris in Madhya Pradesh Tiger Reserves
Night safari has always been on a tourist’s places-to-explore list. However, not anymore. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has asked the Madhya Pradesh government to put a stop to night safaris in tiger reserves. As per the media reports, the NTCA wrote a letter to the state forest department to stop the night safaris as it causes trouble to the wildlife.
According to media reports, NTCA says that night safari causes noise in the wildlife area. The animals are awakened by the lights of the vehicles. These put the animals under stress as they are used to the natural light.
However, the MP forest department did not agree with the decision. Instead, they came up with an explanation as to how this night safari helped in boosting tourism in the region and the night safari was not carried out in the core areas but in buffer, non-harmful zones.
The night safari was started in 2021 in three national parks – Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park and Pench National Park.
News published in Oulook on 14th October2022