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Cool ride: The newly-purchased battery-operated vehicles in Vandalur Zoo.
Cool ride: The newly-purchased battery-operated vehicles in Vandalur Zoo.

P. Oppili

Authorities have purchased five vehicles from private company

CHENNAI: Visitors to the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, can now enjoy travelling in a battery-operated electric vehicle.

The zoo authorities have purchased five such new vehicles from a private company. Each vehicle costs about Rs 5.5 lakh and can accommodate nearly 12 persons including the driver, said the zoo authorities. At present the zoo has about four road rails and four battery-operated vans. While the road rails were used for going around the zoo, the vans were used mainly for lion safari visits.

The vehicles could go up to 80 km, if charged fully, said the zoo authorities. Very soon 10 more such vehicles would be purchased from the private manufacturer, zoo authorities said.

Deer safari

A new deer safari, spanning an area of 3.4 acres, will be available from next weekend.

The deer safari has more than 100 animals both spotted deer and sambar. The safari has natural vegetation, which the ungulates could feed on. Apart from that, the zoo authorities would also provide fodder and feed as provided to the herbivores in the zoo.

In order to provide water facilities three troughs were constructed inside the safari, besides a checkdam, which would help in storing the natural water from the nearby hillock, said the authorities.

Officially, the elephant ride for visitors would be inaugurated next week. Two elephants, a tusker and a female, trained in Indira Gandhi National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Top Slip, Pollachi near Coimbatore, have been brought to the zoo. The pachyderms were already trained in rides, the authorities added.

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