Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024

Mamata Banerjee allots Rs.25 crore for world's first mangrove zoo in WB



 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday allotted Rs.25 crore for setting up the world's first mangrove zoo in the state.


The move is a bid to conserve the endangered flora and fauna of the Sunderbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.


Dubbed a satellite facility of Kolkata's Alipore Zoological Gardens, the unique zoo will be spread over 100 acres of lush greenery in Jharkhali in South 24-Parganas district.


"We are allotting Rs.25 crore for setting up the world's first mangrove zoo. Land has already been identified," IANS quoted Mamata as saying at a public meeting in South 24-Parganas district.


"We want to conserve the endangered flora and fauna of Sunderbans," she added.


A Royal Bengal tiger walks on mangroves of Sunderbans tiger reserve in this May 11, 2006 file photo. Photo: ReutersJharkhali is one of the several entry points to the Sunderbans, home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger.


It will also house animals like the Royal Bengal tiger, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles and otters, among others, and will serve as a conservation, breeding and rehabilitation centre for animals found in the mangrove ecosystem.


The hub will mimic the mangrove ecosystem to ensure compatibility with the animals.


The chief minister also inaugurated a tiger rescue centre at Jharkhali, named "Byaghrosundari" (beautiful tigress in Bengali). "Like Digha and Sagar Islands, we will build a gateway to Sunderbans also," she said.