Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Lion safari in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand forest department has planned to start wildlife safari at Haldwani in Nainital district. The forest department has sent a detailed project report to Central Zoo Authority in New Delhi on Monday, 14th Sep 2015.The tourists and the locals shall be able to see the lions while safari.

The financial statement was prepared and submitted in the month of June. The officials had visited to inspect the site spread over 412 hectares near Gola bridge. The estimated cost of the total project is approximately Rs. 50 crore.

The lions shall be brought over to the Haldwani site from Gujrat. There shall be maximum effort to provide the appropriate environment to the lions as their natural habitat. The other animals shall also be brought to the site for giving a touch of wildlife. The other main carnivorous animals will be like tigers and leopard.  The vehicles shall be special and covered and the tourists shall be able to see the wild animals through glass.

As per a forest department official, the Corbett national park receives more than 200,000 tourists every year. There should be more avenues like Corbett national park to boost tourism and at the same time reduce the burden on Corbett national park.

The other animals, which are herbivores, shall also be brought to the site. The animals like giraffes and zebras will also be seen during the safari ride. The other herbivores like deer, barking deer shall also be seen which are natural inhabitant.

There is also a plan to develop an area for bird watching. A separate corridor shall also be provided in the safari zone, which would lead to aviary zone. The other plan is to develop an aquarium zone where a variety of fish will be kept. A walk though forest will lead the tourists to these different zones.

Uttarakhand government has proposed a tiger safari at Kotdwara. The Central Zoo committee has asked a proposal for further action.

The tiger – cum – safari has been proposed on 200 hectares in Pakhro which is buffer zone of Corbett national park. For more please click