Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura, Panna, and Sanjay-Dubri will remain closed during the monsoons until October.

In a significant move aimed at protecting wildlife during the monsoon season, the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has announced the temporary closure of six tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh until October. The reserves affected by this seasonal closure include Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura, Panna, and Sanjay-Dubri.

The decision, implemented annually, is part of the department's broader strategy to ensure the safety and breeding of tigers and other wildlife. The heavy rainfall during the monsoons results in lush vegetation growth, creating a thriving habitat for various species. Moreover, this season is critical for the breeding of tigers, as the dense foliage offers them the necessary cover and privacy.

Tiger safaris will still be open for tourists in the buffer zones of specific tiger reserves. However, visitors will not be permitted to enter the core zones of the national park and tiger reserves for three months until 1st October.

Forest officials emphasized that the closure is necessary to minimize human disturbance during this sensitive period. It allows the wildlife, especially the tigers, to mate, rear their young, and prepare for the coming months without the added stress of tourist activities. The restriction also aids in the prevention of potential man-animal conflicts, which can escalate when humans encroach on the animals' territory during these months.

In addition to this, the heavy rains in the monsoon season turn the forest trails into muddy and slippery paths that are challenging to navigate. The unpredictable weather causes the rivers and streams to swell and also leads to landslides with a significant risk of vehicles getting stuck or accidents occurring. Bridges, roads, and viewing platforms inside the park get damaged due to the heavy rains. Closing the parks during this time saves the tourists from facing any such hazards.   

During this closure period, forest officials and rangers remain active in patrolling the reserves, ensuring that the wildlife is protected from poachers and other threats. They also consider this time to conduct maintenance activities, including repairing roads and infrastructure within the parks, to enhance the visitor experience once the reserves reopen.

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