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Nandankanan Ready to Welcome ‘Chennai’ Guests

Adding to its rich reserve of wildlife, the Nandankanan zoological park is ready to house new guests in its sylvan surroundings.

The new arrivals will be from Chennai zoo and Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Herpetology research centre as part of inter-zoo exchange programme, said Director Nandankanan Zoological Park, Sishir Acharya.

The zoo will shortly receive pairs of Nilgai Langur, raticulated python, white peacock, painted stork, hyena from Chennai zoo while Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Herpetology Research Centre has will give away pair of green anaconda and Nile crocodile.

As part of exchange programme, the Chennai zoo would receive pairs of Himalayan black bear, water monitor lizard, open bill stork, Siamese crocodile and whitish Ibis. However Madras Crocodile Bank Trust will give away the animals without receiving the exchange animals. The zoo is ready with separate enclosures to house the animals, he added.

The exchange plan, as per rule, has been duly approved by the Zoo Authority of India. As monsoon months are highly conducive for transfer of animals, we are in touch with the Chennai counterparts. We expect the new arrivals in next fortnight, he said.  

The new arrivals will be under constant observation and arrangements will be made to acclimatise them in the alien zoo environs.

Nandankanan zoo nestled along the lush-green forest cover, swirling water bodies adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, is famous as country’s most scenic zoo amid the lap of nature. It’s spread across 437 hectares on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar city.

Nandankanan recorded the highest 32 lakh footfall among all the zoos in the country in the last financial year. Post-demonetization, the tourists’ inflow had thinned down. Otherwise, the footfall could have been on a much higher side. In terms of housing varied nature animals and birds, the Zoo stands only to Mysore in Karnataka, Director Acharya concluded.

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