Odisha deer park faces closure

Tthe park inside Berhampur University campus in Ganjam district.Special Arrangement  

The three-decade-old deer park on Berhampur University campus in Ganjam district is all set to be shut and its animals shifted to Gajapati district.

At present, there are 55 spotted deer in the park, which has become too small for their increased numbers. The deer park was opened in 1989 on an area of 2.2 acres. Initially it had only a pair of spotted deer, which increased in numbers over time.

Licence not renewed

Due to lack of proper infrastructure, the Central Zoo Authority has not renewed the mini-zoo licence of the park. Berhampur University, too, wants the deer to be shifted to some other place for their better upkeep.

The main issue related to relocation of these deer is finding a proper place to which they can easily adapt, said Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer Ashis Behera.

The forest department is thinking about relocating them in the Lakhari Elephant Sanctuary in Gajapati district.

The sanctuary is without any major predators and has large grass patches.