West Bengal to get world’s first mangrove zoo
The world’s first mangrove zoo, a specialised facility housing the fauna of the Sunderbans, is to open in West Bengal soon, an official said Wednesday. Dubbed a satellite facility of Kolkata’s Alipore Zoological Gardens, the unique zoo will be located across 100 acres of lush greenery in Jharkhali in South 24-Parganas district. Jharkhali is one of the several entry points to the Sunderbans — the world’s largest mangrove forest and home to the endangered Royal Bengal tiger. “The facility will be located in Jharkhali and will be the first zoo in the world to hold mangrove fauna,” B.R. Sharma, member-secretary of the West Bengal Zoo Authority, told.