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Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park

  • 02 May 2020
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Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBBP), Karnataka has come out with the Animal Adoption Programme to conserve wildlife and allow people to adopt animals at the zoo during the lockdown period.

  • The programme provides an opportunity to get involved with the feeding and veterinary care expenses for zoo animals with a provision for Income Tax rebate under 80G.
  • The BBBP has released a list of animals that can be adopted: King cobra, Indian rock python, Black buck, Sambar, Emu, Golden jackal, Indian leopard, Sloth bear, Hippopotamus, Bengal tiger, Giraffe, etc.

Key Points

  • In 2004, BBBP was carved out of the Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) and brought under the Zoo Authority of Karnataka (ZAK).
    • BNP which was declared a national park in 1974.
  • BBBP has four divisions: the zoo, the safari, the butterfly park and the rescue centre.
    • It is one among the few places in the world where wilderness is preserved so close to a big city.
  • The valley of Champakadhama hills is inside the park.
  • Objectives:
    • To complement and strengthen national efforts in ex-situ conservation of biodiversity.
    • To support the conservation of endangered species.
    • To provide opportunities for scientific studies, research and documentation on conservation and creation databases.
    • To bring awareness to the public and provide recreational opportunity to the visitors.
  • Flora: Scrub type (dry deciduous forests), southern tropical dry deciduous forests, southern tropical moist mixed forests.
  • Fauna: Elephant, Chital, Barking Deer, Striped Hyena, Porcupine, Peafowl, Grey Jungle Fowl, Partridges, crocodiles, tortoise, python, varieties of butterflies, etc.

Source: BL

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