India’s Supreme Court has extended a July interim order that banned tourism in so-called “core” zones of tiger reserves — about 41 state-run areas — where the concentration of tigers is particularly high. The latest order extends the ban until late September, when the case resumes. Most tiger reserves in India are currently closed for summer anyway.
The court has also ordered the central government to set up a committee of environmental experts to look into the long-term implications of a tourism ban in natural reserves. Tiger experts disagree on whether restrictions on tourism would help or hurt conservation efforts.
The court is expected to formalize a verdict on Sept. 27.