Karnataka: Tiger safari coming soon at Belagavi zoo | Hubballi News – Times of India

BELAGAVI: Visitors to Rani Chennamma Mini Zoo will soon get to enjoy tiger safari. The zoo, after having received three lions recently, is all set to welcome two tigers.
Unlike lions, which will be displayed in a glass enclosure, tigers will walk freely on the sprawling 20 hectares of land dedicated for the safari. The zoo authorities have readied the safari zone as part of a larger plan of improving the zoo located at Bhutramanahatti off Bengaluru-Pune national highway.
DCF M V Amarnath told TOI that the tigers are expected in about 10 days, and they would be sourced from other zoos and after the Central Zoo Authority grants permission for the same. Like visitors, even the zoo staff are excited to experience the safari.
RFO Rakesh, who is managing the zoo, said the feeding area for tigers is set up at the safari site itself. A path has been laid for the safari, and the visitors will be taken through that in a bus, which moves slowly so those onboard can get a glimpse of the tigers.
‘Safety measures to be taken’

Rakesh said safety measures will be in place. “Visitors are not allowed to get down from the bus, or put their hands outside, shout, scream or wave at the big cats,” he said. The officer said the zoo is also expecting other animals like hyena, jackal and leopard by March-end. Sources said that the zoo authorities have spent nearly Rs 50 crore to build enclosures, develop the safari site and other facilities.

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