The All India Zoo Directors Conference discusses night safari extensions at Bannerghatta National Park, while a new mobile app is launched for Mysuru Zoo.
The four-day All India Zoo Directors Conference has been organised by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the Zoo Authority of Karnataka (ZAK) and Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (also known as Mysuru Zoo). 31 directors from zoos all across India are taking part in the conference. The theme is Vision 2030.
“CZA will consider proposals from any zoo in the country for the night safari,” said D.N. Singh, Member Secretary of the CZA. He added that Mysuru Zoo was not considered a suitable site: “Due to lack of space, safari is difficult at Mysuru Zoo.”
However Bannerghatta National Park is thought to be potentially suitable and the authorities were encouraged to submit a proposal. Bannerghatta National Park is sited near Bangalore in Karnataka. It was founded in 1970 and in 1974 it was declared a national park. In 2002 a portion of the park was set aside to become the Bannerghatta Biological Park. The park already runs several daytime safaris – the lion and tiger safari, the herbivore safari, and the bear safari.
B.P. Ravi, Member Secretary of ZAK said that the Zoo Authority had previously submitted a proposal for a night safari at Bannerghatta National Park but this had been rejected. “We will submit a fresh proposal, after obtaining advice from the technical team,” he said.
A mobile app, MyZoo, was also launched during the inaugural ceremony of the conference. The Android app, developed by GeniusLead, is available for download on Google Play. The app has been developed to help guide visitors around the vast Mysuru Zoo. Details of the zoo, its animals and enclosures will be available in both the Kannada and English languages. Visitors can also book tickets through the app.
Image: Mysuru Zoo