Andhra Pradesh: Locals find four tiger cubs in Nandyal district, inform forest officials- WATCH

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Residents of Peda Gumdapuram village in Andhra Pradesh’s Nandyal district on Monday found four tiger cubs and sent them to a safe place. They informed the forest officials about taking the cubs to the tiger reserve after the shift.

Arrangements should be made for the protection of wildlife

In a significant development towards the protection of wildlife habitats, a Supreme Court-constituted panel on February 7 asked the Union Environment Ministry to revise or withdraw guidelines related to setting up zoos and safaris in tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. asked to take

The panel seeks to discourage the use of wildlife habitats for tourism activities that are non-site specific.

Report of the Central Empowered Committee

In its report submitted to the Supreme Court last month, the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) also said that approvals for setting up zoos and safaris in tiger reserves and protected areas should be withdrawn immediately.

It states that permission can only be granted for activities involving the rescue and rehabilitation of injured or disabled animals from the same landscape.

The SC panel’s inspection came up on an issue related to the establishment of a tiger safari in the buffer zone of the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand.

What the guidelines say

According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) guidelines issued in 2012 and revised in 2016 and 2019, tiger safaris can be set up in the buffer and riparian areas of tiger reserves so that “crowded and vulnerable tigers to reduce tourism pressure on habitats and to promote awareness. To garner public support”.

Government’s stand

Also, the ministry had said in June last year that the establishment of zoos in forest areas should not be considered a non-forestry activity, eliminating the need for approval under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980.

Only in exceptional cases, buffer zone edges of protected areas can be considered for construction of zoos on forest land, it said.

“The mandate to locate tiger safaris within the buffer and riparian zones of tiger reserves stems from the guidelines issued by the NTCA in 2012…Subsequently, the NTCA has mandated tiger safaris within tiger reserves in 2016 and 2019. issued guidelines on establishment. It is therefore necessary to amend/withdraw the guidelines issued in 2012, 2016 and 2019 in this regard,” the CEC report read.

The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) should also not consider and approve the establishment of zoos and safaris within tiger reserves, wildlife drives, national parks, animal corridors and animal migration routes, the panel said.

It also asked the SC to review the guidelines issued under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 and the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 relating to setting up zoos and safaris within tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries and To issue instructions to the Ministry to amend the same. As such the use of wildlife habitat for wildlife tourism activities which are non-site specific may be discouraged”.

The CEC observed that safaris and zoos are among the means of keeping wildlife out of their natural habitats, including through captive breeding.

It states that wildlife tourism through the establishment of safaris and zoos forms an important part of conservation efforts, including tourism associated with endangered species of wildlife in educating people.

“But the status of such safaris and zoos should not endanger the lives of natural populations and eco-tourism, and wildlife education should not come at the cost of the survival of endangered species. Habitats for such endangered species Available,” it said.

Reprimanding the NTCA, the panel said the emphasis of its guidelines on setting up tiger safaris was “more on promoting tourism and less on conservation of the endangered national animal and hence urgent Requests review”.

It said that setting up a tiger safari deep within the forests in the tiger reserve would require tourists to travel long distances through the forests. Consequently, the large number of vehicles carrying such tourists can cause severe disturbance to the forests and wildlife of the area.

“It is a well-accepted fact that zoo animals often harbor deadly diseases and are also a source of disease transmission to wild animals despite the strict conditions imposed by the CZA. Precautionary principles Keeping in mind, setting up zoos and safaris in the wild. It is best to avoid animal habitats,” the panel said.
(with PTI input)

Also Read- Amend or withdraw guidelines allowing tiger safaris, zoos in wildlife habitats: SC panel to Center

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