Temporary ban on Yala safari operators
Many safari jeep private operators are temporarily banned from
entering the Yala National Park, as directed by the Director General of
the Department of Wildlife Conservation Sumith Pilapitiya.
According to a spokesperson of the Department of Wildlife
Conservation (DWC), the ban was imposed as these operators were caught
red-handed for violating rules and regulations in the park during the
safari tours with visitors.
"According to the DWC regulations, the ban is only for a few months
and when these jeep operators resume tours, they will be closely
monitored," said Warden of the Yala National Park Suranga Ratnayake.
Following the recent opening of the three new blocks (3, 4 and 5) to
the public, the authorities may encounter more problems. According to
Ratnayake vehicles will not be allowed to roam freely in the
newly-opened blocks. "The animals will need more time to adapt to
vehicle movement. It affects their daily routine," he said.
The new areas will be limited to controlled visits. After a few
months, we plan to divert vehicles - safari jeeps and other private
vehicles - equally to all blocks in the park.