Friday, April 2, 2021

#AtoZChallenge: Bannerghatta

(Through this month, join me as I take you through various features associated with Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore)

In any city, the zoo is a popular destination. In Bengaluru, it's in Bannerghatta, on the southern outskirts -- about 35 km from the city centre. Actually,  there is much more than the zoo to see.

The vast premises -- spanning over 65,127.5 acres or 260.51 square kilometres -- is officially known as Bannerghatta National Park. Within that, is also the Bannerghatta Biological Park.

The forested area is a treasure trove of flora and fauna. There are over 2,300 animals belonging to 103 species in the park, besides more than 100 species of trees and other plants. 

Besides the zoo, there is a beautiful butterfly park as well that has 48 species of those "flying jewels". There are also moths, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions. The authorities are planning to set up of an insectarium.

In addition to the lion and tiger safari, there are plans to introduce a leopard safari too. Visitors can go on a boat ride as well. There is also a Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre for animals within the premises.

(All images from Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park)

References:

Wikipedia

Bengaluru Bannerghatta Biological Park

European Journal of Ecology



31 comments:

  1. Sounds like a beautiful National Park, huge and with a lot of variety. Would love to visit the butterfly park!

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  2. Thanks for the wo wonderful info. Next time I visit Bangalore, I will certainly go to Bannerghatta.

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  3. Hari OM
    A natural idyll! Thank you for telling us of it... in my dreams I will visit, for that is all that I may have for travel nowadays!!! YAM xx

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    1. Hi Yamini - Whenever you come to India, it's a nice place for an outing. Tks.

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  4. That is a BIG zoo. I thought the Western Plains Zoo in Australia was big but is tiny compared to this one

    Sean
    hisandherhobbies@blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Sean - Thanks for dropping by and for the comments. Indeed it's quite a vast area!

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  5. All zoos should be converted into national parks like this so that the animals need not be locked into cages. Good work there, we've visited the place a few years ago.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. Hi Rajesh - That's very true. Nothing like leaving animals and birds free to roam around!

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  6. Seems to be a lovely place to visit.

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    1. Hi Srivalli - Thanks for dropping by and for your comments. Yes, indeed. It's a nice place.

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  7. I'm thrilled you will be showing off your city this month! One of my closest friends lives in Bengaluru, but we don't talk a lot about the city. Now I can ask detailed questions, although I know she is vigilantly staying home during the pandemic.

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    1. Hi Red - Glad to know you have one of your friends here. Unfortunately, many parts of India (including Bengaluru) is going through the second wave, which looks like will be worse than the first, in terms of infections, if not deaths. I hope your friend is safe.

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  8. I'd love to visit the 'flying jewels' one day.
    This post puts me in mind of a film I watched recently. It's called the Zookeeper's wife and it's brilliant. Just in case you haven't yet and have the time.

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    1. Hi Arti - Thanks for letting me know about the film. Will try to watch it.

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  9. Loved the flying jewel`s bit. As a kid our weekend outing was going to the zoo. We would carry a huge picnic basket and some bedsheets, badminton, ball and boy did we have fun!

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    1. Hi My Space - Zoo is a fun place, with all animals and birds and the green surroundings.

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  10. Do they still have the safari where they used to take people in cages into a lion enclosure?

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    1. Hi Jayashree - I don't think that's there now. Visitors are taken in vehicles near areas where the lions are left to roam freely.

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  11. Hi Pradeep - it's wonderful to read they're conserving the ecology of the region - and protecting the occupants. Excellent to read about - thank you - Hilary

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  12. 2,300 animals belonging to 103 species are worth visiting.

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    1. Hi Tomi - Yes, really a vast place with so many animals and birds!

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  13. What a variety the zoo has. I'm particularly interested in the Butterfly Park. It sounds lovely.

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    1. Hi Sunday Visitor - Yes, the butterfly park is very very popular.

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  14. Oh wow! It sounds like a beatiful park. Though I'm most fascinated with the place of the butterfly :-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - The Great War

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    1. Hi JazzFeathers - It's a good place for an outing. Thanks for dropping by. :-)

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  15. How beautiful! That must have been a wonderful trip.

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  16. Yet to visit this zoo.
    Bannerghatta Road also has the IIMB, right?
    Great theme. Will be nice to explore Bengaluru through your posts :)

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    1. Hi Anita - Yes, the IIMB is on Bannerghatta Road. Thank you.

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  17. Zoos can be fun. Looks like a great place.

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    1. They can also be controversial, sad to say. I enjoy visiting and think that the educational and conservation efforts outweigh potential downsides if exhibits are as natural and humane as possible. This does look great, too. :)

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    2. Hi Darla - Yes, there is now a lot of awareness about it, and in most places zoos blend with the natural surroundings, and animals aren't actually caged.

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