First Open Top Leopard Enclosure inaugurated at Nandankanan Zoo

Bhubaneswar, Dec 30: India's first Open Top Leopard Enclosure was inaugurated for the visitors during the New Year season at the Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirt of Bhubaneswar.

Odisha's Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh opened the largest leopard enclosure and a walk through aviary inside the zoo yesterday on the occasion of the 55th foundation day of the Zoological Park.

These two enclosures remained opened to the visitors from today.

Built in an area of 1150 sq km and surrounded by an 18-feet boundary wall, the leopard enclosure would give maximum space to the big cats to move and climb trees. The enclosure has three banyan trees. This is stated to be an open enclosure, but has solar fencing and steel plates on the top to prevent the leopards from attempts to escape.

For the safety of the visitors, the distance of 20 feet has been made between the enclosure and the visitors' viewing place.

The walk-through aviary has been built on a 2,200-sq metre area at an estimated cost of Rs 60 lakh. This Fifteen metres in height aviary features a variety of colourful birds and number of artificial fountains and water bodies to attract the tourists. Separate path for visitors has been created in the aviary to ensure the free movement of the birds. The zoo officials have made special arrangements for the birds to build their nests and lay eggs inside the aviary.