bannerghatta national park, Bangalore
Bannerghatta National Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka, was founded in 1971 and declared as a national park in 1974. In 2002 a portion of the park, became a biological reserve, the Bannerghatta Biological Park.
It is an open enclosure created in an area of 5.00 Ha of Ragihalli Reserve Forest during 1979. All around the 5.00 Ha of forest area, a tall chain link mesh with the height of around 15 feet has been erected. Further a big moat all round the chain link mesh fence has been created to avoid the tress pass of any wild animals living in the area. The animal house is provided with 11 holding rooms and all the 11 holding rooms are provided with retrieval area for the day time rest. The identified groups of animals are only allowed into safari on a rotational basis regularly for the benefit of visiting tourists.
Presently there are 32 lions (17 male and 15 female) are housed in lion safari.
The peripheral boundary has been created for all the 3 units by digging open moat and erecting chain link mesh fence. Indira Gandhi Tiger Safari has the facility of 11 holding rooms. The Appaiah Tiger Safari has the facilities of 02 animal housing complexes. Both animal houses together has 10 animal holding rooms. The White tiger safari has the facilities of 02 animal housing complexes. There are totally 08 animal holding rooms. All the holding houses are provided with basic facilities of water and sanitation. The identified groups of animals are only allowed into safari on a rotational basis regularly for the benefit of visiting tourists.
Presently there are 36 (20 male and 16 females) normal tigers and 6 (4 male and 2 female) white tigers are housed in tiger safari.
A variety of Mammals, Reptiles and Birds of both exotic and Indian origin comprising 1301 animals belonging to 78 species are displayed in captivity. In addition there is a Museum and an Auditorium for the visitors' education. Most prominent and interesting ones are Thamin deer, Hog deer, King Cobra, Crocodiles, Himalayan black bear, Panthers and various birds. Present extent of Zoo area is 12 Ha and it is under the process of expansion by adding another 28.00 Ha. Eight new enclosures will be constructed in the expansion area.
The Park at Bannerghatta has the following major components:
- A Butterfly gardern to sustain local butterfly population
- A butterfly conservatory enclosed under polycarbonate roof
- Research and captive breeding laboratory
- A museum
- A Curio shop
Bannerghatta, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560083Contact No. : 08027828300, 08027828540
Website : http://bannerghattabiologicalpark.org
Reference : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannerghatta_National_Park