Lion safari at Nahargarh Biological Park in Rajasthan to begin from April 2018
In 2016, chief minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the park, which has become a suitable for breeding centre of lions and a major tourist attraction.jaipur Updated: Oct 09, 2017 20:37 IST
Wildlife enthusiasts visiting Jaipur’s Nahargarh Biological Park (NBP) will now have the opportunity to include a lion safari in their tour itinerary, a top state forest official said.
“By April next year, the lion safari will start,” said Nihal Chand Goel, state additional chief secretary of forest and environment department. “We have a sufficient number of lions in the state and will not require more from Gujarat,” he said.
In 2016, chief minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the park, which has become a suitable for breeding centre of lions and a major tourist attraction.
The park is spread across 720 hectare and located on the Jaipur-Delhi highway, about 12km from the state capital. Lion safari is being developed in 36.72 acre area and with a total project cost ₹ 4 crore that will be funded by the Jaipur development authority (JDA), an official said.
“The state forest department in order to promote eco-tourism, conserve wildlife, facilitate breeding of lions, provide nature education to visitors, has planned a lion safari at the NBP,” a senior forest department official, who did not want to be named, said.
An Asiatic lioness in the park, Tejika gave birth to three cubs, including Tara a female and two male cubs Tripura and Tejas. The cubs were named by Raje. In addition wolfs, jackals and hyenas too have given birth in the park, the official said.
“We are planning to shift Tejika and her cubs to the area where the safari will conducted that already houses two lions, including Siddharth, a male and Suhasini, a female, the officials said.
The three lions were brought from Gujarat last year, he said.
“We were planning to bring another pair of lions from Gujarat but it seems won’t be requiring the animals as we already have a pair lions at the Jodhpur zoo that could be brought here and for that the central zoo authority has approved”
The project being jointly developed by the JDA and forest department, is progressing fast, the official said, adding that the forest department has completed the grassland development, weeding of juliflora, renovating four old water bodies and interlinking of pipelines.
The Jaipur development authority has started fencing work and it will be completed by the end of February, while other civil work, including an entrance gate, a retiring chamber or night shelter, a water tank, a cave, and a visitor path are in process.
The area of the lion safari lies in the Aravali foothills with hillocks with a couple of nallahs that provide visitors a view of the panoramic landscape. The central zoo authority has approved a layout plan of 36.32 hectare.
At present, the park has 21 enclosures, where endangered animals, including lions, a tiger, and a leopard among others are provided with a natural habitation.