If all goes according to plan, Haryana is set to build the the 'world's largest' jungle safari park, according to a recent statement issued by the state government. The safari park is expected to be developed across 10,000 acres of land in the Aravalli range, covering parts of Gurugram and Nuh districts.
The proposed park would include a large herpetarium (a zoological exhibition space for reptiles and amphibians), aviary/bird park, four zones for big cats, a large area for herbivores, an area for exotic animal birds, an underwater world, nature trails, visitors, tourism zones, botanical gardens, biomes, equatorial, tropical, coastal, desert, etc., the release said.
It was in this regard, the Union Minister for Forest, Environment and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar visited Sharjah Safari earlier this month.
The chief minister was quoted saying, "The Jungle safari project of Haryana would be a joint project of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Haryana government. Under the scheme, the central government will also provide funds to Haryana for the project."
According to the state government, as per 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.
The completion date and other details will be gradually disclosed.
The Sharjah Safari Park is the largest outside Africa that is home to 120 species of animals, one lakh African trees, including an umbrella-shaped Acacia Tortilis. It has become a world-class destination for all animal and nature lovers. Sharjah Safari contains several areas that simulate the real regions of Africa, to represent the life and terrain of the continent, and the animals and birds that live in it.s