NANDANKANAN BIOLOGICAL PARK


Sat, 2/16/2008 - 12:15 PM — facadmin

NANDANKANAN BIOLOGICAL PARK

DIRECTOR NANDANKANAN BIOLOGICAL PARK, MAYUR BHAWAN,SAHID NAG
BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA 751007
INDIA

Nandankanan Biological Park is one of the finest large Zoo of India located amidst a beautiful natural setting. Unlike conventional zoos, it spreads over vast 4.00 Sq.Km of undulating topography with natural moist deciduous forest, water bodies and other natural features that provides the zoo inhabitants an appropriate ambience to live in harmony with the nature. It was dedicated to the public on 29th December 1960. It is having a state of art Aquarium and a Botanical garden as an integral part of it. More than 1.6 million visitors visit the zoo every year. There are 1253 animals and birds captivity belonging to 124 species. Most of the inmates live in open, large moated areas surrounded by natural vegetation. This gives them a feeling of living close to their natural habitat. The mission of Nandankanan Zoological Park is to; achieve the distinction of an Outstanding Zoo through World Class Conservation, Education, Research and Exciting visitor experiences by connecting people to wildlife and biodiversity conservation.

Nandankanan Zoological Park has been a premier conservation institution with its unique ability and commitment to effective ex-situ conservation of wildlife. It has the distinction of being the host zoo in the world for captive breeding of white tiger out of normal coloured parents. In 1980 for the first time two normal tigers gave birth to three white cubs, making them the first litter of white tiger born to normal parents unrelated to Rewa. Since then Nandankanan has successfully bred many white tigers and some of them have gone to various zoos within country and abroad. Nandankanan has the unique distinction of the first captive breeding center where Gharials were bred successfully in captivity in 1980. More than 700 Gharial successfully reared in the breeding center of Nandankanan have been released in their natural habitat. Conservation breeding has been the major thrust of Nandankanan Zoological Park. It has also the distinction of successful rearing and captive breeding of highly threatened species like Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata). These are the testament of a progressive Zoo. Reproductive health is a good indicator of the overall status of health of a species in captivity. Nandankanan promotes itself as an institution that can be utilized in every possible way to benefit the conservation of species in the wild. To achieve sustainable ex-situ conservation objectives, emphasis is laid on, animal welfare, health care, ethical standards and excellence in standards of animal husbandry with emphasis on enclosure enrichments. Nandankanan is all set to establish a white backed vulture conservation breeding center soon. This is going to be a major challenging task for the park. The population of White-backed, Slender-billed and Long-billed vultures has declined by more than 97% in nature. It is apprehended that unless assisted breeding of the above three species is adopted then there is every possibility that it may become extinct from the nature. Central Zoo Authority have approved the proposal for setting up of the vulture conservation breeding center for white backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis ) at Nandankanan Zoo. Funds are being released and the center would be set up in collaboration with the Bombay Natural History Society very soon.

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