Bhubaneswar, Dec 30: A house for nocturnal animals was opened at the Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of the city on the occasion of its 56th Foundation day on Tuesday. Forest and Environment minister Bikram Keshari Arukh inaugurated the the new house, which built at a cost of Rs 80 lakh.
The new house would house 12 nocturnal species. Minister Arukh also informed that a crocodile enclosure will be set up inside the zoo premises next year. He further said the Forest and Environment department has also planned to set up a carnivorous plant garden.
Arukh said that the number of visitors to the zoo, which was about 19 lakh during 2014-15, is expected to rise further to about 30 lakh during 2015-16. Principal secretary, Forest and Environment, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra also presented on the occassion.