About Nandankanan Biological
A short distance from the capital city, Bhubaneswar the Nandankanan Zoo lies in the splendid environs of the Chandaka forest, along the rippling waters of the Kanjia lake. It also contains a botanical garden and part of it has been declared a sanctury.Farmed for its white tiger population, Nandankanan, or the Garden of Gods, has become a hot family favourite with visitors getting an excellent opportunity to enjoy seeing these regal animals in their natural glory in an environment conducive to their growth. Over 67 kinds of mammals,18 varieties of reptiles and 81 species of birds co-exist in the deeply forested boudaries. The Zoo enjoys an excellecnt reputation, internationally, for successfully bredding black panthers gharial crocodiles and white tigers in captivity.
The White Tiger of Nandankanan
Nandankanan Zoo has been involved in the important business of conserving India's white tiger population. Visitors can now view the tigers from close quaters in the White Tiger Safari from specially created protected coaches.
White Tiger Breeding
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.
There are caged pond areas for water birds such as the White Ibis, Spoonbill and Painted Stork as well as the larger and more dramatic Rosy and Grey Pelicans. Caged birds include Hornbills with their curved double beaks.There are a few different species of the Lory or Love Bird to be seen; their bright colors make them special. Other enclosures reveal bears like the Himalayan and Sloth Bear while the One Horned Rhinoceros is another park specialty. The Reptile House is also worth a visit. At the entrance, there stands a life-sized model of a Dinosaur, a creature from a prehistoric age that is now extinct. Among the snakes are King Cobra, a snake that likes to eat other snakes, Rattlesnake, a Python and a Viper. Larger reptiles to be seen are the Estuarine Crocodiles and the Gharials with their curiously long and thin, toothy snout
The Lion Safari was opened in 1984. Spread over 20 hectares of land in the boudary of the zoo's natural environment,the Lion Safari is the largest in the country.Visitors can view the animals from closed buses over three kilometres of winding road in the jungle.
Boating At Nandankanan
The rope-way connectiong the zoo with Botanical Garden over the lake, the boating facilities and the toy-train for children have added new feathers .
: 13 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar