The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiri districts of Tamil Nadu has decided to open its buffer zones for tourists, thereby putting a stop to illegal safaris in the region. This is going to generate about 200 job opportunities and offer the livelihood to many. Already, more than 105 vehicles have registered for the jungle safari and the training for the eco-tour guides, who will help to spot and to identify wildlife species, has started. This buffer zone, richer in biodiversity than the core areas, is full of vultures, striped hyenas and a strong population of tigers. The forest department is also planning to introduce Eco-Development Committees (EDCs) who will engage in protected activities like Anti-poaching watchers (APWs), Anti-Depredation watchers, Eco-Sanitary watchers, Eco-Guides, Drivers for safari vehicles, Fire watchers etc. and generate employment. They will ensure local co-operation to conserve the wildlife and vegetation. These ECDs will be launched by mid-September and once functional, the buffer zone will be opened up for tourists. Their main aim is to open a small portion of the tiger reserve for tourists while protecting and conserving the core areas. The safari will include trips to the northern Hay areas, Moyar, Aanikal and Masinagudi. There are also plans to introduce a trek, if possible, a trip to the Segur Falls near Undimoyar and a visit to the legendary temples of Siriyoor, Chokkanalli and Aanikal. The MTR buffer zone will be opened by the end of September if everything goes according to the plan.
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