Tiger Tourism to End in India
India’s environment ministry has ordered local states to wind down tourism in the core areas of India’s Tiger reserves as fears that the noise and disruption of tiger tourism is undermining the health and long term survival. With numbers of Tigers in India ranging from 1500 to 800 in the wild, it is clear that the wild cat will stay wild no longer unless it is given some break from the constant tramp of 4x4s and elephants following them around.
In Kerala, only the Periyar Tiger Reserve will be effected and it is not even clear whether there are any tigers in the reserve any more. In Northern India, the big hotel groups with their fancy safari lodges are going to really suffer.