Kurumampatti Zoological Park needs immediate attention

AN ATTRACTION: A newly erected bamboo watch tower at the Kurumampatti Zoological Park in Salem. - Photo: P. Goutham  

Special Correspondent

Detailed proposal sent to State Government; officials optimistic about getting funds

The Park needs fencing primarily to keep the predators and the poachers Officials optimistic of receiving adequate funds

SALEM: The Department of Forest has sent a detailed proposal to the State Government for the improvement of the Kurumampatti Zoological Park here following the public demand.

Though the Park is yet to get a nod from the Government for the facelift the local authorities here have taken a few initiatives to attract the visitors to the park, which once throbbed with life. Lack of adequate financial assistance has forced the authorities concerned to shift many animals to the Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur in Chennai and the rest were released in the natural habitat.

A senior official in the Shevaroyan South Range under which jurisdiction the park falls says that the sprawling park on 11.5 acres of forestlands needed immediate attention. "Within our limited resources, we have constructed a bamboo tower inside the park to provide a chance to the visitors to have a breathtaking view of the nature. It is an instant hit among the children who throng it particularly during week-ends," says the Ranger G. Chandrasekaran.

The Zoological park's immediate need is the fencing primarily to keep the predators and the poachers away. Despite many limitations the spotted deer herd gave birth to three fawns. "The general health of these deer have been toned up now with green fodder and timely immunisation. Hence after a gap of few years they gave birth in captivity," he adds. A few crocodiles also receive adequate food rations. These are the only animals, which the Park now houses.

Officials are optimistic that they would receive adequate funds for its improvement and particularly after the formation of the Zoo Authority of Tamil Nadu, an autonomous governing body of the medium and large zoological parks in the State. The body could receive the funds directly from the Central Zoo Authority of India and private agencies. These funds and the entry fees collected from the visitors could be ploughed back for the upkeep of the same. At present, the funds are being routed through the State, which reportedly causes delays in releasing the funds. "If our proposal is cleared, then the park will become the most sought after destination of the tourists who come to the hill station, Yercaud," the officials point out.