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Blackbucks to be brought to Kurumbapatti Park

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Getting ready:Work on to construct a shed and fence for blackbucks at Kurumbapatti Zoological Park in Salem. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
Getting ready:Work on to construct a shed and fence for blackbucks at Kurumbapatti Zoological Park in Salem. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

The Kurumbapatti Zoological Park will soon have new occupants as five blackbucks are expected to arrive from Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur.

Forest officials said that the five-acre area is already being fenced and work is on to construct two sheds and ground-level drinking water tank.

Officials said that more saplings would be planted and bushes would be cleared in the area so as to give it ample space for the new arrivals. The blackbuck are sensitive to humans and hence would have a small enclosure, the officials added. Currently, the zoo has spotted deer, bison, crocodile, parrots, birds and an elephant.

Currently, developmental works to the tune of Rs. 75 lakh is being carried out, including construction of concrete roads, outer fencing and erection of signage boards. Once completed, the atmosphere would be ambiance for visitors, especially school children, said the officials.

The natural park situated at the foothills of Shevaroyan Hills, about 13 k.m. from the city, has few visitors during weekdays and around 500 visitors during weekends and holidays.

The city that lacks entertainment activities or a place for family to spend their leisure time can be compensated if the park is developed with more animals brought from other areas.

But, poor bus connectivity, poor roads and lack of canteen facilities are still a major setback for the development of the park as people have to arrange their own transportation.

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