India is home to a variety of wildlife and plenty of sanctuaries. And now, the country is set to get the world’s largest safari park, outside Africa, in Haryana. We have all the details. By Anushka Goel
The Haryana government is set to develop a safari park in the Aravallis, which will be the largest in the world located outside Africa. The park, said to be about 10,000 acres, will be spread across Nuh and Gurugram in the state. Currently, the largest such park outside of Africa is located in Sharjah, and is spread across 2,000 acres, reports state.
Haryana to get world’s largest safari park outside Africa
In a statement, the government said, “The proposed Aravalli park would be five times more this size (of the park in Sharjah) and it 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,” writes Hindustan Times. In this regard, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, along with the Union Minister for Forest, Environment and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav recently visited the park in Sharjah.
The NCR region, said Khattar, has a lot of potential when it comes to safaris. The region, especially the Aravalli ranges, is home to a variety of flora and fauna, which will make for some beautiful sightings, it is believed. What’s more, the project will boost tourism to the region, while providing opportunities of employment to locals.
The variety of wildlife found in India makes it a great destination for safaris. Most of these parks are known to be hotspots for tiger spotting, and the country also houses the Asiatic lion, one-horned rhinoceros, several bird species and much more.
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