Now you can see the big cat with its majestic beauty at a mangrove zoo, soon to be opened in Jharkhali in South 24-Parganas district. With a sprawling 100 acres of lush greenery, the world’s first mangrove zoo will surely be a tourist’s paradise. It will house all the fauna of Sunderbans - the world's largest delta and mangrove forest belt, also home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger. Jharkhali is one of the gateways to the Sunderbans.
The zoo is going to mimic the mangrove ecosystem to make the animals feel that they are in their natural habitat. The purpose of the zoo will not only be confined to aesthetics but more importantly it is meant for conservation, breeding and rehabilitation of animals found in the mangrove ecosystem.
Apart from the Royal Bengal tiger, it will the zoo will house other animals like spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, otters and other animals. The necessary permits from the Central Zoo Authority have been obtained and the project shall be launched soon.
Jharkhali is situated at a distance of 101 km from Kolkata. It is an island in the Sundarbans, situated between two mighty rivers, Matla on the west and Bidya on the east. It has a watch tower that will give the tourists a panoramic view of the wilderness of Sunderbans. Covered with mangrove plantation Jharkhali will certainly give an exotic view to the tourists with the typical mangrove fauna.
The West Bengal government has recently been giving a lot of impetus to the tourism sector. Surely, the idea of a mangrove zoo - that too, a first in the world, will be a shot in the arm for a sagging industry, which has begun looking up in the recent past.