Rare animals at Pilikula for public view soon

Cute : A mouse deer in Pilikula Nisarga Dhama near Mangalore. — Photo: R. Eshwarraj

Cute : A mouse deer in Pilikula Nisarga Dhama near Mangalore. — Photo: R. Eshwarraj   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. Eshwarraj R. Eshwarraj


MANGALORE: Pilikula Nisarga Dhama which achieved tiger breeding in captivity recently is all set to spring more surprises.

The Nisarga Dhama wild life division has rescued some rare animals and kept them in safe haven until such time they could be allowed to be seen by the public. According to the Executive Director of Nisarga Dhama Society J.R. Lobo the list of rare animals included mouse deer, giant squirrel, common langoor and barking deer.

Conservator of wild life division Jayaprakash Bhandary told The Hindu that they were rescued from different human habitats and forests. They have been brought to Pilikula safe haven from Savanalu in Sullia taluk (langoor), Hosanagar in Sagar taluk (mouse deer), Sampaje in Sullia and Hebri in Karkala taluks (giant squirrel). Barking Deer has been brought from Hebri, he said.

Mr. Bhandary says the rescue of animals in distress or captivity was being done methodically. Most of the animals have been rescued by the people who themselves brought them to the Nisarga Dhama and in many cases people telephone the authorities who go and fetch them. Pilikula Nisarga Dhama has developed a special enclosure for rescued animals which get the required veterinary treatment in those enclosures, he said.

The rescued animals will be displayed once their normal health was restored. The Pilikula Nisarga Dhama wanted the donors to help build enclosures and adopt animals, says Mr. Lobo. He said the Nisarga Dhama will appeal to the people in Mangalore to come forward and adopt the animals.

In a step towards making the management of carnivorous animals an independent affair, the Nisarga Dhama has developed a rabbit rearing unit which provides meat for small carnivorous animals. Mice rearing unit has also come up which provides food for reptiles. Mr. Lobo said.

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