Adding to its rich reserve of wildlife,
the Nandankanan zoological park is ready to house new guests in its sylvan
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
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
The new arrivals will be under constant
observation and arrangements will be made to acclimatise them in the alien zoo
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