Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will inaugurate an international zoo in Nagpur on January 26, an official said on Sunday.
This project is called Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park, he said.
“It is one of the largest zoos in India, spread over an area of over 564 hectares. If Gorewada Rescue Center and Gorewada Reserve are included, the total area of the park is 1,914 hectares, ”said the managing director of Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) N Vasudevan said.
“Indian Safari, a major attraction of the zoo, is ready for the enjoyment of the people. It has four different safaris: leopard safari, lazy bear safari, tiger safari and herbivore safari,” he said.
The first animal that was released during the safari was a tiger called Rajkumar which was captured in 2017 in Tumsar in Bhandara district. A tigress called Lee will also be part of the safari, he said.
“There is a plan to bring two more tigers into this safari,” Vasudevan said.
The leopard safari will have seven rope jumps – two men and five women. These animals were purchased from different sources and transferred to Gorewada with the approval of the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the official added.
There will be six sloth bears in another safari, while 14 nilgai (blue bull) and 4 chital (spotted deer) will be in the fourth, he said.
Both offline and online booking facilities have been made available to tourists. Ticket prices for the Indian safari are Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 300.
“Visitors will be taken to the safari in air-conditioned buses with large glass windows with ancillary facilities like a cafeteria and selfie points,” he said.
According to Vasudevan, the CZA has given its nod to the master plan for phase-2 of the project, which includes an African zoo where visitors will be able to see zebras, lions, elephants.