City to get India’s 1st nocturnal zoo

To be first in the country,Ahmedabad will have its nocturnal zoo with three layers or topography.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:June 23, 2012 5:41 am

To be first in the country,Ahmedabad will have its nocturnal zoo with three layers or topography. The ambitious plan has been designed in such a manner that it will take the visitors underground,on the ground level and an aerial experience for better view and feel of different kinds of nocturnal animals and birds.

The final layout plan of this nocturnal zoo,based on the lines of one in Singapore,is coming up in an area of two acre with an estimated budget of Rs 6 crore. It has received in-principle approval by the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI) on Friday. The approval came after the local team headed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Commissioner Gurudas Mohapatra gave presentation of the final layout at CZAI,New Delhi.

“The final layout plan of the nocturnal zoo has been approved with some minor changes and suggestions. The zoo will not only give a unique experience to the visitors,but also make them aware about living habits of these nocturnal animals and birds which is rarely known,” said Mohapatra.

The zoo will be come up in the Kankariya lake premises near the hot air balloon ride. CEPT,the institute that has designed the layout of this zoo,has chalked out the plan in such a manner that it gives the experience of rodents,nocturnal animals as well as birds. For instance,visitors will be able to walk through man-made burrows to see rodents like porcupine while a ground level pathways will be created for animals like jackals,hyenas,leopards and wolfs.

For birds including owls,different tree houses and hillocks will be created.

To give a night-life kind of environment to the inmates of the zoo as well as visitors,simulators will be used. “Care will be taken that the night-life environment is created keeping in mind the actual conditions. Also,feel of a forest night will be provided. For instance,full moon,half moon and dark nights will be simulated. At the same time,sufficient amount of light will be made available for the visitors so that they do not find any difficulty in moving around,” Mohapatra added.

There will be to tunnels as well-separate for children and adults. As per the municipal commissioner,it will not take more than one year for the nocturnal zoo to be opened for the visitors.

As directed by the CZAI,sufficient care will be taken to provide natural environment to the animals. Also,the visitors should not result in any kind of hindrance to them or their activities. For this,there will be no live contact between the animals and visitors and all safety measures has been assured of.

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