Shivamogga, Jan 2 : Tyavarekoppa Tiger and Lion safari near here has received five hog deers and one crocodile from the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden in Mysuru. B Mukundachandra, Executive Director of the safari and Deputy Conservator of Forests, said that the animals arrived few days back and initially they were kept in separate enclosures and their health condition was closely monitored.
As they have got acclimatised to the environment here, they are being displayed for the public now, he said. With the arrival of the hog deers, the total number of deer species in the safari has increased to five. The safari already has sambars, spotted deers, nilgais, and black bucks. Mr Mukundachandra said that Tyavarekoppa is likely to get a pair of zebras from Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden soon. “A formal request has already been submitted to Zoo Authority of Karnataka in this regard,” he said.
On the plan to construct separate enclosure for bisons in Tyavarekoppa and commence safari services there, he said that the estimate for the project has been finalised. The tender for the work will be floated shortly. The work of construction of a spacious enclosure for the leopards will commence soon, he said. Tyavarekoppa safari, spread over 617 acres, has 377 animals that includes four lions, and seven tigers. (UNI)