With the summer season completely wasted due to the lock-down situation, the wildlife lovers are anxiously waiting for the next season post monsoon. Both the forest department and State tourism are gearing up to host the rush of tourists from Oct end after the scheduled opening of the parks all across India.
Like other aspects of tourism, the Wildlife tourism is also expected to reboot itself with the revised rules and regulations. Corbett Tiger Reserve authority, one of the country’s most popular reserve forests and most sought after by the wildlife photographers, has already indicated some areas to focus on the changed rules. From the number of people allowed in a gypsy to booking restrictions in FRH everything is expected to have a revised look before the opening of the next season. The health-safety measures and checking procedure are expected to have a forced entry into every itinerary.
Following some of the country’s worst hot by the loss of wildlife tourism like Kenya , South Africa etc some of the Indian parks had also taken briefly the innovative technique of Virtual Safari. They initiated filming of the favorite zones through a mobile or SLR video camera and helped the action reach right inside our drawing room live. One can expect the trend continues with some further modifications in India as well once the season starts.
“ One of the ways we are trying to be innovative is looking at virtual ways of bringing wildlife to people’s homes, to their television sets and to their telephones,” Richard Vigne, Managing Director, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Both the state and Forest department has a huge challenge to face post lockd-own on tracking the double whammy . One one side they need to ensure the re-settlement and livelihood of poor people , tribal and forest staffs , on the other hand they need to ensure the primary objective of sustaining the Eco-system and wildlife protection.