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Ludhiana’s Tiger Safari to get a facelift soon

The Tiger Safari in Ludhiana is all set for a revamp with the authorities planning to increase the area of the zoo, besides making more enclosures.

punjab Updated: Jul 05, 2016 14:46 IST
Amarpal Singh
There are only two male tigers - Deepak (15) and Money (15 years, six months) - at the safari. They are let out in open on rotation, as they fight.
There are only two male tigers - Deepak (15) and Money (15 years, six months) - at the safari. They are let out in open on rotation, as they fight.(HT Photo)

The Tiger Safari in Ludhiana is all set for a revamp with the authorities planning to increase the area of the zoo, besides making more enclosures.

“Last year, layout plan for the same was passed by the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZA),” said Vishal Chauhan district forest officer (Wildlife). “Now, we are preparing the master plan, which will be submitted to the CZA by July 15.”

“A Rescue Rehabilitation Centre and enclosures for panthers, primates, ‘gharials’, crocodiles, red tail monkeys, four-horned antelope and ‘chinkara’ will be constructed,” Chauhan added.

He said,“this project will be accomplished with an expense of Rs 17 crore over a period of 10 years. There will be a thematic development of the zoo with a layout for visitors’ convenience.”

There are 13 species in the zoo. It includes two tigers, one black bear, three jackals, 10 sambars, three black bucks, a barking dear, eight porcupines, 40 ducks, 15 silver doves, eight parrots, five emus and 30 budgerigars.

There are 13 species in the zoo. It includes two tigers, one black bear, three jackals, 10 sambars, three black bucks, a barking dear, eight porcupines, 40 ducks, 15 silver doves, eight parrots, five emus and 30 budgerigars. (Sikander Singh Chopra /HT Photo)

Footfall increases during summer vacation

During summer vacation, the zoo records a footfall of 200 people during weekdays and 700 at weekends.

A zoo official said “the graph of footfall decreases during monsoon and winter. And it starts increasing with the onset of spring season and summer vacation is the peak time.”

Shortage of tigers at safari

There are only two male tigers - Deepak (15) and Money (15 years, six months) - at the safari. They are let out in open on rotation, as they fight. Therefore, visitors can see only one tiger. Two years ago, the authorities filed a request for two tigers - a male and a female - under the animal exchange programme to the CAZ and Punjab chief wildlife warden, but to no avail. In 2005, the safari had 11 tigers.