India bans tourists from tiger reserves

Rare sight: A tiger in India’s Ranthambore National Park
Flickr: bjoern

India’s Supreme Court has ordered a ban on tourism in more than 40 of the country’s central government-run tiger reserves.

In a landmark ruling, it warned that states that failed to implement the ban could face contempt proceedings and fines.

Tiger numbers have shrunk in India.

A century ago there were an estimated 100,000 tigers, but a census last year counted fewer than 2,000 in the wild.

Conservation groups have welcomed the ruling, describing it as a significant development.

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The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is in grave danger. Local politicians want to allow logging, mining and palm oil plantations in this vulnerable area. Sumatran orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers are already hanging on by a thread. They will not survive the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

One response to “India bans tourists from tiger reserves”

  1. Asha says :

    That’s wonderful! Hopefully the Indian authorities uphold and enforce this new law…

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