Yala Wildlife Sanctuary
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Author:  Anand Leo [ Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Yala Wildlife Sanctuary ... -approach/

Do visitors travel like this in convoys of jeeps or is it just a rare occurrence. Animals in wildlife sanctuaries and convoys of visitor vehicles don’t go together. Animals in manmade safari parks don’t mind frequent streams of traffic, they have no choice and nowhere else to go. Animals in wildlife reserves will hide away from this sort of traffic. Nature is such as that, do these visitors see many wild animals. I doubt and will be surprised if that is the case. If they do not see many wildlife why should visitors swarm like this. If there is a demand of large numbers of visitors to the wildlife sanctuaries like Yala, Udawalawe, and Wilpaththu there should be orderly, sustainable facilities to visit the wildlife parks. Such numbers would provide a good revenue and income to government and people resulting economic benefits. These revenues could be allocated to improve the welfare of animals like building sustainable waterholes, and other infrastructure in the wildlife parks.
My question is, do wildlife tolerate this kind of vehicle invasion, do visitors see enough amazing wildlife, is it sustainable? If the journey is not worth as a wildlife expedition, are the visitors, tourists, and the environment taken for a ride?

Author:  Anand Leo [ Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Yala Wildlife Sanctuary ... 69411.html

Yala safaris: PM roars at Minister’s decision

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an ultimatum to Sustainable Development and Wildlife ....... ........ to immediately revert to an earlier decision to allow only 300 vehicles a day to the Ruhuna (Yala) National Park.

Author:  Anand Leo [ Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Yala Wildlife Sanctuary ... um=twitter

Safari jeeps entering Yala increased to 600 a day

This volume of traffic in the Yala wildlife sanctuary exceeds the road traffic in the area. Quite an irony. It is the responsibility of the wildlife protection authorities to assess and disseminate the adverse impacts of this level of traffic in the park. On the other hand, it is unfair to turn back the visitors who flock to the destination. Yala wildlife sanctuary is one of the biggest visitor attractions in the region and in the island. Therefore a large number of hotels in the area. Hotel owners and the jeep operators are happy with the tourist attraction to the wildlife sanctuary, which is a considerable income generation to the local economy. However, such a volume of traffic in a relatively small wildlife park in comparison with wildlife parks in India and Africa is incompatible with the concept of wildlife sanctuary.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, do the visitors get a satisfying experience by going on these tours? Do they see enough wildlife including birds? If the visitors are happy after the tour, we have a bizarre dilemma in relation to the environmental impacts. If the demand is generated by an illusive tourist attraction, the demand has to be managed by open debate based on facts, figures, and values. For that, there should be a survey and assessment of visitor expectations and experiences, before and after the tour. The authorities should survey the objectives of tourists visiting the park. For instance, if visitors are happy with just a drive through the woods without seeing a number of wildlife, it has to be taken into consideration. Yet, the numbers and locations of sight of wildlife should be recorded and displayed for the benefit of the visitors and the wider stakeholder communities. The demand based on an illusion of unverified publicity or the excitement of the notion of wildlife sanctuary should be controlled to mitigate the disruptive environmental impacts. Turning away the visitors at the gates of the park should not be the means of managing demand. The demand has to be managed and controlled by dissemination of facts and figures of the species, numbers, seasons, times and locations of sighting of wildlife, and the environmental impacts. Also the impacts can be mitigated by improving the facilities and organising wildlife attractions in other wildlife sanctuaries, and diverting the wildlife traffic from the Yala sanctuary.

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