The state of Haryana is getting set to introduce the largest jungle safari in the world in the Aravallis
Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar recently announced that the state is set to develop the largest jungle safari park in the world across 10,000 acres in the Gurugram and Nuh districts of the Aravallis. Gurugram will offer 6,000 acres for the park, and Nuh about 4,000.
To give you an idea of how massive the new park will be, consider this: Currently, a curated safari park in Sharjah – spread out over 2,000 acres – is the largest in the world outside Africa. The chief minister and India Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav have visited the Sharjah park along with a delegation.
Divided into 10 zones, the jungle safari park would host an aviary and bird park, a herbarium, four zones for big cats, a big area for herbivores, a space for exotic animals and birds, an underwater world,equatorial, tropical, coastal and desert habitats, among others, as well as visitor zones, nature trails and botanical gardens. The chief minister revealed that the area has been studied and evaluated by the Central Zoo Authority, and it has deemed that the setting up of such a park is feasible. The state has shortlisted companies with international experience in the design and operation of such facilities.
Said Khattar, “The developing of the jungle safari will not only give a major boost to tourism but will also provide ample employment opportunities to the local people.” He added that the development of the park would help to preserve the Aravalli mountain range. “The Aravalli mountain range is a cultural heritage where many species of birds, wild animals, butterflies, etc, are found,” he said. “In this jungle safari, 180 species of birds, 15 species of mammals, 29 species of aquatic animals and reptiles, and 57 species of butterflies that exist in the Aravalli mountain range will be included.”
The arrival of a large number of visitors from Delhi and the adjoining areas would help tourism, create employment opportunities for locals, and boost homestay initiatives in the area.
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