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World’s first mangrove zoo in West Bengal

October 1, 2013

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.

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Comments (3)
Shiuli Biswas Reply
October 01, 2013
A new tourist spot is being created. This can only be good news.
Anish Reply
September 30, 2013
Great news. Watching the Bengal Tiger in the lap of nature will be a great treat for our eyes. I have visited Sunderbans twice but could not catch a glimpse of the royal beauty as it is a luck by chance. This zoo will give us the opportunity to watch them.
Dipankar Ghosh Reply
September 30, 2013
This is just woww. As a nature lover I am very much eager to see the zoo. Hope it will open soon for the tourists.
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