Wildlife Etiquette Breach: Tadoba Tiger Reserve Imposes Heavy Fines on Tourists for Alcohol Indulgence

In a disheartening incident at Maharashtra’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), five tourists found themselves facing a hefty fine of INR 25,000 collectively for consuming alcohol during a wildlife safari. The violation occurred near TATR’s Moharli Gate, shedding light on the increasing trend of inappropriate conduct and illegal activities within protected wildlife areas.

Unveiling the Incident:

The tourists, embarked on a safari tour at Tadoba Tiger Reserve, reportedly indulged in alcohol consumption while exploring the pristine forest near Moharli Gate. The incident came to the fore when a vigilant tour guide noticed the inappropriate behavior and immediately intervened to discourage the tourists from consuming alcohol during the safari.

Despite the guide’s warnings, the tourists continued their illicit activities, prompting the guide to take decisive action. The forest officials were promptly informed, leading to an inquiry into the matter.

Swift Consequences:

Following a thorough investigation, Tadoba Tiger Project management confirmed that all five tourists in the offending vehicle had indeed been consuming alcohol during the wildlife safari. In response, the tourists faced immediate consequences, including a fine of INR 5,000 each and a ban from entering the reserve forests in the future. The Forest Department collected a total of INR 25,000 in fines from the offenders.

Maintaining Ecosystem Integrity:

While respecting the privacy of the tourists by withholding their identities, Nandkishore Kale, the deputy director of the Tadoba Tiger Project, emphasized the need for strict measures to preserve the delicate ecosystem of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. He highlighted past instances where tourists faced fines for similar violations, underscoring the importance of deterrents to prevent disruptive behavior within the reserve forest areas.

Kale stated that such stringent actions aim to discourage tourists from engaging in activities that could harm the natural habitat and disrupt the wildlife. The incident serves as a reminder of the responsibility that visitors bear in maintaining the sanctity of protected wildlife areas.

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