House for nocturnal species opened in Nandankanan Zoo

Bhubaneswar: A house for nocturnal animals was opened at the Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of the city on the occasion of its 56th Foundation day on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the new nocturnal house, Forest and Environment minister Bikram Keshari Arukh thanked zoo officials and staff for the novel initiative.

“The new house, built at a cost of Rs 80 lakh, would house 12 nocturnal species,” the Minister added.

Arukh also said efforts are on to set up a crocodile enclosure inside the zoo premises next year where different foreign crocodile species, kept inside zoos in the neighbouring states, would be housed.

“This new crocodile enclosure would attract the tourists to the zoo in large numbers,” the minister hoped.

He further said the Forest and Environment department has also planned to set up a carnivorous plant garden, which will be a prime source of learning for the students as well as the visitors, inside the State Botanical Garden inside the zoo premises.

Praising the zoo staff for coming up with new ideas, which has resulted in a substantial rise in the number of tourists, Arukh said. The number of visitors to the zoo, which was about 19 lakh during 2014-15, is expected to rise further to about 30 lakh during 2015-16, he added.

He advised the zoo staff to take proper care of the tourists and extend them warm hospitality.

Principal secretary, Forest and Environment, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra thanked the zoo staff for proper maintenance of the zoo and assured them that his department would take steps to solve their problems very soon.