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Nandan Kanan A short distance from the capital city, Bhubeneshwar, the Nandankanan zoo lies in the splendid environs of the CHANDAKA forest , along the ripling water of the KANJIA LAKE.It also contains a botanical garden and part of it is has been declared a santuary.
Endangered species such as the Asiatic lion, three Indian crocodilians, Sangal liontailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, Indian pangolin, mouse deer and countless birds, reptiles and fish have been breeding successfully at Nandankanan some of the other attractions of nandankanan are the 34aquaria which are home to a large veriety of fresh water fishes. The Reptile park's cave like entrance is guarded by a lifesize tyrannosaurus inside numerous species of crocodiles, lizards,turtles and snakes share the park with natural ease.
The zoo enjoys an excellent reputaion, internationally, for successfully breeding black panthers, gharial crocodiles and white tigers in capitivity.
67 kinds of mammals , 18 varieties of reptiles, 81 species of birds, coexist in the deeply forest boundaries.
The beautiful zoo carved out of the Chandaka forest is perhaps the finest in the country. The animals are kept in their natural habitat and a centrally located lake divides the Zoo from the Botanical Gardens. The Zoo is famous for white tigers as well as migratory birds, which come here during winters. It also has the country’s largest Lion Safari Park and White Tiger Safari. There is also a Ropeway and Toy Train.
One of the rarest creature in the World, the regal white tiger ,received the new lease of life with the important reaserch and concereted efforts initiated to try and breed then in the natural invirons of Nandankanan. 1980 on a day full exitement and jubilation, the first litter of White tigers were born to Deepak and Ganga, to twany tiger. Subsiquent litters of white tigers have been distributad to zoos both at home and abroad.Currently, Nandankanan is home to over 34 white tigers. It's famous for it's white tiger population . Nandankanan or the garden of Gods, has bocom a hot family favorite,with visitors getting an excellent oppertunity to enjoy seeing these regal animals in thire natural glory-in an environment conducive to thire growth.
For the first time ever, a captive breeding centre was created for Gharial crocodilies. This important task was also facilitate by the gift of an adult male from the FRANKFURT ZOO.
The White Tiger Safari, established in 1991, offers visitors the heady exitement of viewing the rare white tigers from specially designed protected bushes.
The lion safari offers an adventurous zing to the trip to Nandankanan.
Nandankanan's beatifully versatile environs offer the tourists a great opertunity to be advanturous or laid back......If you donot feel like tearing aroud sighting animals and watching the birds,you can settle down to a leisurly picnic and mid-afternoon nap under the trees. If you feel a little more energetic you can meander along one of their nature trail.
Boating in Kanjia lake on paddle or row boats in the clear blue waters is an exhilarating experience.
Unique is the 50 hectars of beautiful water lake spread area named " kangia " which attracts large numbers of resident and migratory birds like whistling teal, cotton teal, darter, purple moorhen, herons, jacana etc. Boating in lake in the clear blue waters is an exhilarating experience.
The lion safari first of its kind in the world spalws over forested land of 20 hectares with a 3km. motorable road. That's make a visit to the park more interesting.
Glittering fresh water fishes in 36 aquarium boxes have added charm to the park.
The 620 metres long aerial rope -way transports the visitors across the lake to see botanical garden having many rare and endangered species of flora from different parts of the world. A first of its kind in any indian zoo.
The white tiger safari spreads over an area of 12 hectares with motorable roads inside. The visitors move inside the park in protected vehicles of authority. It takes you straight into the prides of lions and right in front of the majestic tigers.
Location : Bhubaneshwar.
Nearest Access : Bhubaneshwar (20 kms).
Main Wildlife Found : White Tigers, The chinkara, dear, black panthers, gharial and crocodiles.
Ideal Time to Visit the Park : October to March.
Nearest Attractions : Madikere, Bandipur National Park, Madhumalli.