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New attraction at Kinnerasani wildlife sanctuary

The exotic black swans in a pond at deer park near Kinnerasani in Bhadradri Kothagudem district.

The exotic black swans in a pond at deer park near Kinnerasani in Bhadradri Kothagudem district.  

Deer park acquires two black swans

The scenic deer park at the Kinnerasani dam site, housing scores of spotted deer, in Palvancha mandal, acquired a new attraction now with the arrival of a pair of exotic black swans, much to the delight of bird lovers.

The sprawling deer park is one of the major attractions of the Kinnerasani wildlife sanctuary spanning across 635.41 sq. km., in the predominantly tribal populated district.

The two black swans, each costing around ₹1.50 lakh, were brought to the deer park recently. A few more pairs of swans are expected to join them soon, sources said.

The swans, presently housed in a spacious enclosure, has become a cynosure of all eyes at the deer park abutting the picturesque Kinnerasani dam.

The birds were brought to the park as part of a plan to develop the site into a major destination for tourists, particularly bird lovers.

The government departments and the agencies concerned have mooted a mega tourism promotion plan to introduce a safari tour and a circular track around the sanctuary after the completion of the ongoing tourism infrastructure development work at the dam site.

The Kinnerasani wildlife sanctuary is a home to a rich wildlife, including leopards, spotted deer, gaurs and four-horned antelopes, besides different bird species.

Plans are afoot to bring a few more swans, including both black and white coloured birds, to the park soon, said S. Rambabu, District Forest Officer, Bhadradri-Kothagudem.

Wildlife conservation

The exotic birds are sure to provide visual delight to the visitors and also have an enriching experience on wildlife conservation, he affirmed.

A major plan is on the anvil to expand the Kinnerasani wildlife sanctuary to another 400 hectares, he told The Hindu.

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