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Gurugram will get the “world’s largest safari”, the park will cover more than 10,000 acres

Gurugram will have the 'world's largest safari' and the park will cover more than 10,000 acres

Haryana to Develop World’s Largest Jungle Safari in Aravalli Range in Gurgaon (Renderal)

Chandigarh:

Haryana will develop the world’s largest jungle safari park in the Aravalli range, the state government said in a statement today.

The 10,000-acre safari park will cover Gurugram and Nuh districts. “This project will be the largest project of its kind in the world,” he said.

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Today, Sharjah is home to the largest curated safari park outside of Africa. Launched in February 2022, the Sharjah Safari covers an area of ​​approximately 2,000 acres.

“The proposed Aravalli park would be five times larger and would include a large herpetarium (a zoological display space for reptiles and amphibians), an aviary/bird park, four big cat areas, a large herbivore area, an animal area exotics, birds, an underwater world, nature trails, visitors, tourist areas, botanical gardens, biomes, equatorial, tropical, coastal, desert, etc.

Union Forestry, Environment and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited Sharjah Safari in this regard, the state government said.

Manohar Khattar arrived in Dubai for a one-day visit on Wednesday. Upon his return on Thursday, Khattar said the NCR region of Haryana had immense potential for jungle safari development.

The jungle safari program will not only boost tourism but also provide employment opportunities for local residents, he said.

“The Haryana Jungle safari project would be a joint project of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and the Haryana government. Under the scheme, the central government will also provide funds to Haryana for the project,” Khattar said.

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A global Expression of Interest for the project has been submitted and two companies with international experience in the design and operation of such facilities have been shortlisted, the prime minister added.

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“The companies will now compete in an international design competition to design, oversee and operate the park. An Aravalli Foundation will be established to manage the project,” said Mr. Khattar.

The prime minister added that the Central Zoo Authority had conducted an assessment study of the area and agreed on the technical feasibility of establishing such a park.

On the one hand, developing a jungle safari will help preserve the Aravalli range, while a large number of people from Delhi and adjoining areas will come for tourism, creating ample employment opportunities for local residents, he said.

“In addition, the inhabitants of the surrounding villages will benefit from the Stay at Home Policy,” the prime minister said.

The Aravalli mountain range is home to many species of birds, wildlife and butterflies.

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According to the Haryana government statement, according to a survey conducted a few years ago, 180 species of birds, 15 species of mammals, 29 species of aquatic animals and reptiles, and 57 species of butterflies were found in the Aravalli range.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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