ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tiger, Tourism and Conflicts in Kaziranga

The Kaziranga National Park is a complex ecosystem with both social and wildlife dimensions. While Kaziranga is officially highlighted as a success story in conservation, there is a crisis building over the future of the park and the fringe villages. Changing aspirations, lifestyles, and shifting land-use patterns have contributed to a crisis in the coexistence of humans and wildlife in the park. The temporary halt to tourism in core zones of tiger reserves, decreed by the Supreme Court, has been another wake-up call.

The Kaziranga National Park is a complex ecosystem with both social and wildlife dimensions. While Kaziranga is officially highlighted as a success story in conservation, there is a crisis building over the future of the park and the fringe villages. Changing aspirations, lifestyles, and shifting land-use patterns have contributed to a crisis in the coexistence of humans and wildlife in the park. The temporary halt to tourism in core zones of tiger reserves, decreed by the Supreme Court, has been another wake-up call.

The complete removal of community rights and traditional livelihoods has influenced the attitude of the local people towards conservation and coexistence. However, the Supreme Court ban would remove the so-called “core tiger areas” from public attention.

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