There is an important step we all need to take. Our state gov has passed an order to start night safari at Bannerghatta national park and plans are thre to start at all most all wildlife sanctuaries.
As we all know that its one of the best elephant corridor preserved around bangalore and one of the examples of man - animal conflict.
Some of the facts of BNP & disadvatages of night safari:
Bannergatta National Park- only protected area closer to the capital, stretching to over 25,000 acres, houses larger animals like Asian Elephants, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Jungle cat about 250 species of Birds, 20 species of snakes, 150 species of Butterflies, several species of insects, about 220 species of plants.
It is a thorny scrub, dry decidious and moist decidious complex forest types with rocky outcrops.
This is a very sensitive region being one if the best Eelphant Corridor, safeguards elephant population reducing man-animal conflicts as required protection is given to the habitat and the animals.
Under Wildlife Protection Act 1972, this protected area was declared as Bannergatta National Park, with stringent rules of 6pm to 6 am NO movements of human or vehicles, to safeguard animals and the nocturnal animal's movement. The act also emphaises strict vigilence for the protection of animals, plants and habitat. The protected area being sensitive, restricts any modification in or nearby closer areas that might hamper animal movement.
Night Safari- usually implemented in the zoo premises or a safari with captive animals where stringent rules need not apply as they are outside protected area, not hampering any wildlife.
Bannergatta National Park- being a protected area, Elephant corridor, with suffcient wildlife movement during day as well as night, is very much unsuitable for a night safari and is quite disturbing for the movement of wildlife, which might lead to man-animal conflict in future, adding up much wildlife problem to the already existing ones with farmers of having crop damage and loss of human life too.
The lights used, vehicle movement, human movement during night, will definitely have negative impact of nocturnal animal movement, which might make the animal retret or revert to the unusual location as they panic such disturnabces during night. This might increase Elephants straying into human habitat, leopard entering villages for food and shelter, Sloth Bears invading human habitation.
All the above strictly suggests NO for Night Safari inside the Bannergata National Park.
If you feel like raising your voice in stopping / halting the state cabinets decision on starting night safari...Please leave your impression with your name and place.
Hope our Union minister for forests & our tourism minister understans the sensitivity of the issue and take some serious decision of pulling back the order which has been passed.
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1) PRAMOD.V BANGALORE
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