The Tiger Reserves in Sariska and Ranthambore are going to be partially closed for next three months owing to the advent of Monsoon. Reportedly, the reserves will be closed for three months starting from July 1 to September 30. The main reason for this is the fact that monsoon is the breeding period for animals, especially the tigers.
However, as an exception to this rule, the safari in Zones 6 to 10 will remain open in Ranthambore National Park and Alwar Buffer Zone of Sariska. Even though the parks will be closed, the devotees can still visit the Pandupol temple on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Back in 2006, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had ordered to cease jungle safaris during monsoons for a minimum of three months citing the reason that it’s the time for tigers to breed and for the forests to rejuvenate. Besides, the mud tracks also get slushy with rains and this may lead to vehicles getting stuck in the tracks. So in order to ensure the safety of tourists, it has been ordered to keep the safari suspended for monsoons.
However, the forest department has devised a way of complying with the directions of the NTCA while keeping the safari operational at the same time. The department opens the zones on a rotational basis for three months throughout the year hence each zone remains closed for three months, once a year.
As per the forest department, keeping the parks open helps in ensuring that illegal activities like grazing, poaching, and deforestation are not carried out in the jungles.
Source: Times of India