Indian tiger reserves reopening

31st Oct 2012

Four tiger sanctuaries in Kerala and Tamil Nadu are reopening after an Indian Supreme Court ban on tiger tourism was lifted.

Anamalai, Muthumalai and Kalakkadu in Tamil Nadu and Parambikulam in Kerala had all closed down for three months but are now allowed to take tourists into the forest again, according to the Hindu.

India's top court had placed a ban on tiger tourism in "core zones" of more than 40 government-run tiger reserves. However, the ban was lifted after the National Tiger Conservation Authority announced a set of guidelines to protect the tiger.

The new rules stipulate no new tourist facilities can be created in the tiger areas and only a fifth of tiger habitats will be open to visitors.

More than 50% of the estimated global tiger population of 3,200 lives in India. The mostly live in wildlife reserves established several decades ago.

The lifting of the ban is good news for the 300 tribal families living in the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve.

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