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Elephant Safari in Kanha

Kanha elephant safariTheir are 04 core-zone Safari Zones in Kanha National Park. They are Kanha, Kisli, Mukki & Sarhi. As it is tiger reserve under Project tiger, park area is divided into core zone and buffer zone areas. Core zone is inner areas of tiger reserve which is free from any commercial activity, presence of hotels and villages. We can find them in buffer zone area which is often called mixed land. Since year 2012, Elephant safari is not as easy as it was before this date. Since year 2012, famous "Tiger Show" program was closed for visitors due to which opportunity for elephant ride and probability of tiger sighting also decreased.

No a days, forest department has announced two way for Elephant ride i.e. Joy ride and Elephant safari. In joy ride, duration is just 30 minutes and elephant safari (03:00hrs) is provided to those who have booked full-day jungle safari. In both cases, elephant ride can not be booked in advance. Only 24hrs before we will know whether we will get the safari or not. With such uncertainty, it will be difficult to commit assured elephant ride to tourists. For this written application is required to be submitted to park Field Director office for approval. Field director of will go through such applications and according to elephants availability and application matter, he/she may approve or decline the request. Field director of park have the discretionary power to take decision thus good relation and influence works. This means scope for normal tourist is less. Usually 3:00hr ride is provided to those applicants who have booked full-day jungle safari for wildlife film and photography purpose. Its cost is very high due to which only financially sound visitors can expect to enjoy this ride

Reason for Reluctance

Friends, its a obvious question raised in our mind that when tourist is agree to pay then why park authority is reluctant to provide elephant rides. Actually natural elephants are not found in forests of Central India. They are mostly purchased from South-Indian states like Karnataka, Kerala etc. These elephants are purchased and bought to Central India national parks. Here they are first trained for human ride and duties. For this, park management have team of trained mahouts (trainers). Once they trained, they were deployed for patrolling duty. As per rule, patrolling is their primary duty and tourists service is secondary duty. If park management feels that they have elephants in spare and their absence will not affect patrolling duties, then only they will allow them for tourist drives. Forest department have both male and female elephants and thus after successful breeding, their are chances of increase in their count and more opportunities for tourist drives. Successful breeding of South Indian elephants, away from their natural conditions, if often proves difficult and thus birth rate of new calves is less. Actually forest department want to offer more elephant rides to visitors but due to such limitations, they often seen a villain which is not true. They are doing their duties and maintaining balance between tourists expectation and their obligatory duties.

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