Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lion safari in Jaipur on the anvil

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Rajasthan is to begin work on a much-awaited lion safari at the Nahargarh biological park here.

The Central Zoo Authority has approved the layout of the safari, officials said. The state government has sought Rs.3 million for the project from the central government. The proposed safari is to be developed on 36 acres of land.

The plan includes construction of five dens, specially designed to give natural ambience to the lions. The dens would provide respite to the lions from extreme climatic conditions.

Two watchtowers would be constructed to monitor the activities of the lions. Initially, the safari would start by bringing in 10 lions from the Gir forest and the Jaipur zoo.

Visitors would be taken on safari in closed jeeps, he added. They would be able to see everything except the lions hunting their prey.

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