In a controversial decision, the wildlife department of Rajasthan has announced that the world famous Ranthambore National Park will remain open for tourists even during the monsoon season. The park is closed for three months as the monsoon season is the mating period for wild animals, particularly tigers. But about five tourist zones of the park – from Zone No 5 to Zone No 10 will remain open for tiger safari this season. The park will be open for tourists for the second consecutive year.
Many wildlife activists believe that the forest department is violating NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority) guidelines by allowing tiger safari during monsoon. They allege that the department is violating the guidelines to protect vested interest of hotelier and tourism industry lobbies.