Interpretation-cum-information centre to come up at zoo-cum-deer safari

  • Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2014 22:05 IST

The department of forests and wildlife conservation has decided to set up an interpretation-cum-information centre at the mini zoo-cum-deer safari at Bir Talab near here.

The department has sent a proposal to the state government seeking permission and allocating funds for the project.

The centre is proposed to have dioramas of species of animals including that of tiger, deer present in the safari including black bucks, sambar, spotted deer and hog deer and other animals in the zoo.

Divisional forest officer Sanjeev Kumar Tiwari said that the motivation of setting up the centre was drawn from the zoos he visited in the United States during his educational tour on the protection of wildlife recently.

"Under the project, we will set up models of animals and will display written information about the animals describing their variety, behaviour, habitant and other information. Besides this, we will also install instruments which will generate voice like that of animals," he said.

Besides this, touch screen panels will be installed at the centre and visitors can get information about the animals from those touch screens also.

He said that the project would be first of its kind in the state.

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had inaugurated the deer safari by releasing deer into it in December.

Tiwari said that a proposal to set up a tiger safari adjacent to the deer safari has also been sent to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA). He said that a proposal in this regard was sent earlier also but and the authority had raised some queries. Now all the queries have been dealt with.

The zoo-cum-safari is spread over 74 hectares of land of which 30 hectares are being used for the deer safari while the tiger safari would be spread over 20 hectares of land, he added.

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