Bandhavgarh National Park Core Zone Is Opening 15th June – Read Guidelines

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15 June 2020 is going to be Awesome Date for Bandhavgarh National Park

Due to COVID 19, lots of tour-related jobs are gone. Although everyone is surviving but the situation of the places where tourism is the only business, the condition became more critical. As the coronavirus pandemic has not been controlled completely, neither vaccine has been made nor there is no specific treatment for it, however, people became wise enough in the last 2-3 months. 

As we all have to learn to live with Coronavirus, we cannot afford to lockdown moreover. Therefore, everything is unlocking gradually considering the economy and people’s bread and butter. BTR field director Vincent Rahim organized a discussion with Gypsy Union and Guide Union and decided to open Bandhavgarh National Park Core Zone and Buffer Zone from 15th of June 2020. 

Since Lockdown 20th March 2020, all zones of Bandhavgarh were closed, now it is good news that zones are unlocking zones. 

The core zone will be open till 30th June, and the buffer zone will be opened during the rainy season too. Usually, all zones close from 30th June to 15th October, but this year the buffer zone will be opened during rain. Guidelines are given that are crucial to follow for every tourist and management strictly. 

Guidelines to enter in Jungle 

1. No admission to less than 10 years and over 65 years of people. 

2. Keep an ID Card that should be shown to the authority maintaining distance. 

3. For Gypsy, if 6 members are from the same family then they can use one Gypsy otherwise 4 people are allowed in one Gypsy. 

4. 18-Seater Canter Vehicle is not allowed. 

5. All tourists should wear masks and use sanitizer before entering. 

6. No tourist can get off the car in the Jungle.

7. No fooding facilities will be in center points. 

8. All the Gypsy must be sanitized before and after Safari by its owner. 

9. Hotels should inform to Authorities about their guests. 

10. Hotels should facilitate and conduct thermal screening before sending guests for Safari and at the entrance gate, again thermal screening will be held. 

11. All the gates where tourists come will be sensitized three times in a day. 

12. The driver and guide must follow the rules of wearing a mask, using a sanitizer, and keeping distance. 

13. Symptoms like Covid-19 in any person will not be permitted to enter the Jungle at any cost, and the information will be given to authorities. 

14. All the Gypsy should remove its seat covers. 

15. Spitting is not allowed inside the jungle. 

16. Water bottles and foods should be carried by tourists on their own, and disposable cannot be discarded in the dustbin, it should be inside the gypsy. 

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve officials spotted 6 New Tiger Cubs and 3 Leopard Cubs

Bandhavgarh National Park, which is well known for a huge population of Royal Bengal Tigers in India, has again been in the news for cubs for a good reason. Tiger reserve officials have spotted 6 new tiger cubs and 3 leopard cubs during the patrolling. They are around 3 to 5 months old according to the officials.

The 3 tiger cubs spotted in the Pataur region is females. The other three tiger cubs are found in Manpur region. The rest of the three leopard cubs are spotted on the Panpatha enclave, which is just around 1 week old. The park management has been monitoring the cubs and all of them are healthy. There has been a rise in the clusters of leopards and tigers after the birth of these cubs in Bandhavgarh National Park. It seems to be a good sign according to park management. They have been taking security vigilance constantly.

It is also reported that a tigress from the Manpur enclave has three tiger cubs and the rest of the three belong to the T54 female tiger in the Pataur enclosure.

Leopard cubs recorded on camera for the first time

Siddharth Gupta, Deputy Director IFS, Bandhavgarh, said, “The leopard and tiger cubs recorded are completely healthy and being supervised by park authorities. The territory of leopards and tigers has been raised because of lockdown and no crowd of tourists in the national park. It has been beneficial for them to grow. Leopard cubs have been trapped on camera for the first time.

How COVID-19 is affecting the livelihood of Tribal People and Tiger Tourism?

Over 80% of the population across national parks in central India like Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench, Satpura and Panna is tribal. The daily lives of most of the tribal people living around these national parks depend on tourism and hospitality. This effect may not go away within 2 to 3 years. 

Coronavirus Outbreak and its effect on Tiger Tourism

As discussed earlier, around 80% of villagers’ lives depend on forest tourism and the lockdown will affect forest reserves even more badly than we think. Around 3 to 4 million people live around or inside wildlife protected areas. 

At the end of the first lockdown on April 14, PM Modi addressed the nation and ordered further extension till May 3 considering safety of citizens. Due to this reason, all the national parks and tiger reserves in India will remain shut amid Coronavirus lockdown. At the end, it deprives the livelihoods of villagers who depend on tiger tourism, hotels, resorts and taxi services. 

The Union environment ministry has issued a guideline to all the forest departments of the states to contain any kind of outbreak in national parks, tiger reserves and all conserved areas. Due to this move, all wildlife destinations have been closed for the given period. 

How long can it affect?

Across the forest conserved areas, wildlife tourism has been closed. But it could hit hard and snatch the living of hundreds of thousands of tribal people and take them to poverty. Even worse, it may impact their lives for around 2 to 3 years even after lockdown ended. Due to the impending economy of the country, many tourists will avoid traveling. Many people would think of saving money and spending only on essential goods for living, rather than traveling the world. Even if the national parks reopen, the effect will not go anytime soon. 

In addition, all the national parks and tiger reserves remain closed during monsoon for tourism. If the existing situation doesn’t come under control, all protected areas may stay closed till winter. 

As a result, a lot of drivers and tour guides are going to lose their work for that period. It is up to the wildlife foundations and private operators to help each other in this tough situation and take care of their losses. The state governments are trying harder to protect the wages of forest employees. 

Usually, tiger reserves witness a hike of tourists from April to June just before monsoon, thanks to the high chances of spotting tigers because of sparse cover of greens. It adds to more visibility of wildlife in summers. Lives of hundreds of thousands of tribal people, who live around and inside these areas rely on natural resources, will be affected. The advisory has been issued to restrict the villagers’ movements in these areas. 

Is the travel industry paralyzed?

According to tourism and travel company officials, they have never seen such a huge number of cancellations in history. This uniformly dark pandemic led the travel industry to complete paralysis from February to late March 2020. The crisis hits the nerves of railways, airlines, hotels and resorts and the tourism industry has come to a standstill. It is not easy to claim whether it will recover soon or not. 

Experts believe that it is the worst crisis in the tourism industry and it has affected all its domestic, inbound, outbound, cruise, leisure, corporate tourism, leisure, and other segments. The timing was even worse. February to May usually remains a peak season for tour and travel companies, when a lot of Indians travel for vacation and leisure, wildlife excursions, and pilgrimage.

Almost every industry is suffering uncertainty for its future with the global outbreak of Coronavirus. People in banking/financial services, IT and pharmaceuticals have felt the effect of the virus. Experts focused more on the potential and need to promote domestic tourism and the impact of building imagination of travelers in social media as the way ahead to deal with this situation. 

Every Support is Precious

COVID-19 Pandemic took a toll on the lives of Drivers, Daily wagers, guides and local communities as they are struggling to survive and to protect our environment. There are two foundations to contribute and send all the essential supplies to them. 

MP Tiger Foundation Society has helped over 1/4th of frontline staff thanks to your support in this tough situation. But it needs some more support – 

A/c Name – MP Tiger Foundation Society 

A/c No. – 10571048460

Bank – SBI

IFSC – SBIN0001308

Branch – TT Nagar, Bhopal

Last WIlderness Foundation has been helping forest communities like drivers, daily wagers, tour guides, and everyone whose livelihood was dependent on forest tourism and whose life has been affected due to Coronavirus outbreak. They have been working to protect the wilderness of Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Panna for over a decade. 

This time, they need your valuable support in this tough situation. You may help them by donating to their account – 

A/c Name – Last Wilderness Foundation

Bank – Axis Bank

A/c No- 912010031503388

Branch – Worli Naka 

IFSC Code – UTIB0000653

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