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Walkthrough aviary at Vandalur zoo   

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Showcasing one of the finest world-class tourist attractions in international zoos, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur near Chennai has set up a walkthrough aviary. The new feature, developed in an area of 1.5 acres of land, was inaugurated by Chief Secretary K S Sripathi on Saturday.

Aviary is a concept of keeping birds within a large enclosure without restricting their ‘freedom of flight’. Unlike in cages, this induces birds to breed due to the presence of plants and trees, which ultimately create a natural environment.

Visitors will be allowed to walk through this aviary to watch the behaviour of birds.

“At present, a total of 13 bird species are housed in the walkthrough aviary,” P L Ananthasamy, director, Arignar Anna Zoological Park told Express. The species include the kingfisher, the rose-ringed parakeet, the redwhiskered bulbul, the whitebrowed bulbul, the Alexandrine parakeet and the common Myna.

While the low cost flooring system arrests seepage of water completely inside the aviary, the blue-coloured nylon net over at the top gives the illusion of merging with the blue sky so that the birds are able to enjoy the open-sky effect.

Pointing out that the walkthrough aviary is quit popular in countries like Australia and Singapore, another official said some hybrid spices could be seen here in the Vandalur Zoo.

And as if the aviary in itself wasn’t a relish enough, visitors to the zoo can also dig into food at the snack bar here run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). Sripathi inaugurated the new eatery. Tourism secretary Irai Anbu and TTDC managing director A Chittranjan Mohandoss participated.

Subsequently, an e-bike facility for those preferring to have a tour of the zoo on wheels was also introduced.

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