Effective October 20, the Supreme Court in India has lifted a ban on tiger tourism in Indian reserves that it imposed in July.

Protected parks in India offer the opportunity to spot the elusive cats.

The court also announced harsh penalties against six states who had not introduced ‘buffer zones’ around tiger habitats in their parks. For background on this see ANIMAL POST, August 31, “Sanctuary War.”

New guidelines will now permit tourism in 20 per cent of core areas for ‘regulated low impact tourist visitation’. The court also ruled that no new tourism infrastructure should be developed in and around the reserves.

The rules further prescribe a minimum distance of more than 20 metres from all wildlife for visitors and 50 metres for vehicles.