While chairing the 37th General Body Meeting of Central Zoo Authority, the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar said, the Central Zoo Authority has recognized two new zoo safari in India. The first one is in Rajgir, Nalanda, Bihar and the second one is in Shaheed Ashfaque Ullah Khan Prani Udyaan, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The Chief Secretary of Bihar Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department, Dipak Kumar Singh said, for a Zoo to be functional, currently it has to get approval in three fields from the Central Zoo Authority.
These three fields are:
- Design and Layout
- Permission as a zoo
- Permission for Animal Exchange
Mr. Singh said, the Rajgir Zoo Safari has got the approval in the first two fields and is expected to soon get approval for Animal Exchange too.
As per the officials, the construction of Rajgir Zoo Safari is spreaded over 480 acres of area and the estimated cost to build it is around Rs 177 crore.
The Rajgir Zoo Safari will be an attraction for visitors as it is located in hills. It has huge enclosures so that visitors can safely see the wild animals like Lions, Tigers, Leopards and more. The zoo will also have herbivores animals like Deer, Sambar and more.
Apart from wild animals, the zoo will have a center of attraction towards the butterfly garden and an aviary with a variety of birds.
Mr. Singh said the zoo will be functional soon. The Chief Minister of the State is closely monitoring the project.