Barang: The world’s greatest white tiger safari at Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) may soon lose its uniqueness with the government deciding to turn it into a common tiger safari.
Considering the dwindling number of white tigers at NZP, the forest and environment department has urged the zoo authorities to convert the white tiger safari into a natural enclosure for all categories of big cats, zoo sources said.
“The white tiger safari will be converted into a general tiger safari as per an order of the forest and environment department. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch all varieties of tigers including white ones. We will soon install a signage at the natural enclosure,” said a zoo official.
NZP had attracted world-wide attention when tigress Ganga delivered three white cubs in 1980 and two more in 1981. White tiger population had gone up in the zoo through captive breeding.
The state government had set up the white tiger safari on a 12-ha land in 1991 by spending `40 lakh. The then forest and environment minister Harishchandra Buxipatra had inaugurated the safari October 1, 1991. Artificial springs and caves were built at the safari. Visitors have the advantage of watching white tigers at the safari by travelling in a special vehicle.
The safari showcased eight white tigers initially and it has only two these days, thanks to a steady decline in their numbers. “With the removal of ‘exclusive class’ tag for safari, visitors will now watch at least 26 big cats in their natural enclosure over a period of time,” said the official.
Zoo director SK Acharya said steps have been taken to convert the white tiger safari into a natural habitat for all varieties of tigers.
Post News Network
9,033 total views, 2 views today
New Delhi: The Eastern Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Wednesday ordered the Chhattisgarh government not to go ahead with the upcoming six projects on River Mahanadi without prior approval from the court. While the order has come as … Continue reading
7,961 total views, 3,858 views today
SAMBALPUR: Farmers in Orissa are dropping out of the government-sponsored minimum support price (MSP) programme for paddy, in large numbers, for a variety of reasons – but the governmental versions on this do not necessarily provide a correct picture. A … Continue reading
7,973 total views, 3,851 views today
associated press New York, July 26: US Muslims say they have experienced widespread suspicion about their faith in the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, but also have received more support from individual Americans, and remain hopeful they can eventually … Continue reading
8,067 total views, 3,833 views today
press trust of india Male, July 26: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accused India of “undermining” the spirit of the SAARC by “casting shadows” of bilateral issues on the multilateral forum for regional cooperation.In a joint press conference with … Continue reading
8,059 total views, 3,837 views today