Renowned tiger biologist, Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, has expressed the following views in a SMS note to the press:
“I welcome the Interim Order of the Supreme Court regulating commercial tourism in core zones of Tiger Reserves. However, care should be taken to ensure that the non-commercial and educational values of nature tourism and public support to conservation they generate are not lost sight of. Certainly all tourist residential facilities should be moved out of core habitats and critical corridors at the earliest. The economic power of tourism should be leveraged to create more habitat outside, not to overload existing tiger habitats, as all too often happens – Dr. Ullas Karanth, Wildlife Conservation Society”.
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