The National Zoological Park in New Delhi, which attracts around 22 lakh visitors annually, is all set for a revamp with the authorities planning to give it a forest-like atmosphere.
“We are planning to build an aquarium, butterfly park, food court and visitors’ centre as part of the Master Plan 2031. All the progressive measures will be completed by 2031 and the work has begun,” said Riyaz Khan, the zoo curator.
The official said many exotic trees will be planted to attract migratory birds.
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“We have around 31 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. With the exotic trees, we expect more bird species to reach here, especially during the migratory season,” he said.
Khan said the zoo has also decided against cutting down dead trees to make way for nesting.
“The whole idea behind the revamp is to give the place a forest-like atmosphere. All the concrete structures and cages will be covered with trees and other plantation so that the animals don’t feel they are in a cage.
“The Centre has promised to provide us Quick Response Teams, additional sign boards and private security guards,” he said.
The curator said efforts are on to convert the zoo into an education and research platform.
On being asked about bringing in more wild animals to the park, the zoo official said no such proposal is under consideration at the moment.
The zoo does not have giraffes and zebras. It is also in need of a female rhinoceros and a male chimpanzee.