The pre-historic park facility at the Nehru Zoological Park is getting spruced up and with some addition, it will soon be presented as a Jurassic Park. Works costing to the tune of Rs.10 lakh have already been initiated at the park, which presently has three life-size dinosaur models.
The existing models are representatives of Brontosaurus, Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus and now a new life-size model of Stegosaurus, which is said to have roamed the earth during the late Jurassic Period i.e., 155 to 150 million years ago, is being set up.
The work on the new model has started and is expected to be completed by September 30, a day before the convention on biodiversity (CoP-11) meet starts in the city. “The already existing dinosaur models are also being given a fresh coat of painting and information boards detailing the world of dinosaurs are being set up,” says P. Mallikarjuna Rao, Director of State Zoos.
Not only will the pre-historic park at the zoo get renamed as ‘Jurassic Park’ during the CoP-11 but by then it will also get improved facilities including a newly-laid footpath to facilitate easy movement of visitors along the dinosaur models.
Another major work at the zoo before the CoP-11 event is providing a complete new look to the Natural History Museum. It is being expanded with an addition of 1,300 sqft space and all taxidermied specimens (animal models) are being renovated along with the dioramas.
“We are looking at providing information on the evolution of animals and human beings in the extended area at the museum,” says Mr. Rao.
Three acres at the zoo has already been fenced for the purpose of setting up a Bird Conservation Park. This facility is being planted with tree species that attract birds, while other arrangements include artificial nests, water baths and other bird rearing facilities.