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Tiger cubs at safari park

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Two royal Bengal tiger cubs will be released into an enclosure at Bengal Safari Park for public viewing ahead of Durga Puja.

Rika and Kika, both males, were born at the safari park near Siliguri 15 months ago. They have been kept in cages are taken to enclosures occasionally for acclimatisation.

“We are planning to release the two tiger cubs into the enclosure for public viewing before Durga Puja. Tourist footfall goes up during Puja and we feel it will be the perfect time to showcase the cubs. The cubs are in good health now,” said Dharamdeo Rai, the director of the park.

At present, the park has two tigers — Shila, a female, and Bivan, male.

Snehasish, another male tiger, was sent to Alipore zoo in Calcutta for captive breeding in March.

Spread over 290 hectares on the fringes of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, the park also has two leopards, a one-horned rhino, two Himalayan black bear, elephants, gharials (fish-eating crocodiles), deer and an aviary.

Five new attractions are being planned at the safari park — nocturnal house, reptile park, walk-in aviary, toy train and a butterfly.

“The nocturnal house will be a new experience for visitors who can watch owls, bats and other insects,” Rai said.

 

Source: The Telegraph

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