Source: The Times of India
KANPUR: The Kanpur Zoological Garden or famously known as Allen Forest is all set to undergo a major revamp in the near future. A roadmap for the same has been prepared by the zoo authorities and the same is to be approved by the Central Zoo authority (CZA). TOI in its July 26 edition had brought out that the zoo is ready with a master plan for changing the face of the zoo. One change that the Kanpur zoo administration wants to bring in is by setting up a walk-in aviary for the visitors.
Kanpur zoo at present has one small water bird enclosure and an aviary of 21 pens for terrestrial birds. However, size of both the enclosures is not of a proper dimension. Hence, during the master plan, the aviaries are to be reconstructed. Also, a new enclosure for the birds of prey and a walk-in aviary are to be added so that the birds of different varieties like wading birds, swimmers, pheasants, parrots can be displayed. The new attraction would be the walk-in aviary.
Director, Kanpur Zoo, K Praveen Rao informed that some of the old monkey enclosures which were in the low lying areas would be fully utilized for converting them into a walk-in aviary.
Giving the concept of walk-in aviary, Rao said the present monkey enclosures and a golden Langur enclosure which existed long back would be fully covered with chain link mesh and some land area will be included in the enclosure. The entry and exit gates will be provided for the visitors and a path will be created along with contour so that the visitors can watch the birds from within the enclosure.
When questioned about the construction of the walk-in aviary, Zoo Director said once the master plan is approved and proper provision for walk-in aviary is made, the work will begin.
“The layout plan or the master plan is ready and lined up for the approval from Central Zoo Authority (CZA). Probably, the meeting would take place in the second week of August in this regard,” added the Zoo Director. When further questioned about the amount to be spent in the construction of walk-in aviary, Praveen Rao said a sum of Rs 1.50 crores would approximately be spent in making of the walk-in aviary.