Tourists could soon be allowed to visit tiger reserves once more.
Anyone booking flights to India from next week could once again be able to venture into the jungles and try to catch a glimpse of the tiger in its natural habitat.
The animal is one of the most endangered species in the world and authorities in India had previously banned tiger tourism, as they tried to ascertain how best to secure the cat’s survival.
Now the country’s Supreme Court has indicated it is about to lift the ban and tourists can once again head into the core tiger reserves.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is due to submit new guidelines for wildlife tourism and the courts fixed a hearing for October 16th where the ban would be modified.
According to the NTCA, tiger tourism is a key component of garnering the public support that is needed to help the species and it believes that 20 per cent of the reserves should be open under strict supervision.
Written by Anthony Nicholson