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News, August, 2007
Migratory birds at Nandankanan Zoo
by Sarada Lahangir
Zoo (Orissa): Local and migratory birds have arrived
at Nandankanan Zoo for seasonal nesting. The occasion
has drawn a lot of people here. Visitors, especially
children and youngsters, at the Nandankanan Zoo in Chandaka
Forest, 25 kilometres from Bhubaneswar are delighted
to notice a variety of chirps and flapping of wings.
Trinath Mohapatra, a visitor, said: "We are so overwhelmed
to see so many beautiful birds. These birds have doubled
the beauty of this place." Visitors are happy watching
storks, herons and grey cranes and many other species
that have added to every one's joy. Ajit Kumar Patnaik,
Director, Nandankanan zoo, said: "Storks, herons and
others birds have migrated to Nandankanan Zoo for nesting.
But ninety per cent of them are open billed storks,
locally called "Gendallia". He adds: "People kill these
birds for food and hence their population is on decline.
Earlier, they used to stay near ponds and rivers but
now they are generally seen in far less number." Patnaik
says: "However, the number of birds is increasing in
the Nandankanan and Bhiterkanika Sanctuaries, as they
are migrating here in large numbers for nesting." These
migratory birds are believed to feel secure at the Nandakanan
Zoo and hence their number is increasing every year.
Netrananda Raut, a zoo employee, said: "Visitors love
to see these birds. They don't believe that they are
migratory birds. We take pleasure in looking after these
birds." Famed for its white tiger population, Nandankanan,
meaning Garden of Gods, has become a favourite venue
for families interested to see the migratory birds in
their natural glory. The zoo also boasts of a botanical
garden, and only a part of it has been declared a sanctuary.
Over 67 kinds of mammals, 18 varieties of reptiles and
81 species of birds co-exist in the dense forested boundaries
of this zoo. It enjoys an excellent international reputation
for successfully breeding black panthers, gharial crocodiles
and white tigers in captivity.
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