#Leopard Safari Parks to Boost Tourism in Southern Areas of Gujarat. –

Gujarat’s southern areas such as Surat and Dangs will soon have Leopard Safari Parks. These districts will get a boost in the number of tourist footfall with this new development. These safari parks will be an addition to the already existing safari attractions in the state. The lion safari in Gujarat offered by the State Forest Department at Sasan Gir is a prized tourist delight and the new development will bring in adventure lovers to explore the wildlife.

For this upcoming project, The Central Zoo authorities in India have already granted the green signal. Apart from the safari parks, new rescue centers will also be set up in the two districts of Gujarat. In the recent census on leopards, records suggest Surat has 35 leopards, while Dangs has 54 big cats.

The selected locations for this project are- 50 hectares of forest land in Kodama village in Mandvi taluka of Surat district, while in Dangs it is the Vaghai taluka spread on 32 hectares of forest.

The Forest
Department has revealed their plans for the upcoming project. Both of the proposed
leopard safari parks are planned in a way so that the wild cats can be kept in
open areas and not in cages. Both these parks aim to let the leopards live in their
natural habitat. Fenced from all the sides, both the safari parks will have
accessible five-meter-wide roads to take tourists for a safari in the bus.

In addition
of the safari parks, there are plans to include facilities of a veterinary
hospital, an administrative building, watchtowers, etc. For tourists in the
safari parks, there will guide chosen from forest staffers to explain about
leopards’ behavior and more.

For the
upcoming proposal, the Deputy Conservator of Forest, Puneet Nayyar said, “For
the first time, Gujarat will develop two leopard safari parks in Surat and
Dangs. In the next couple of months, the detailed project report will be
available for both these parks. Following which, the projects will begin work. Also,
safari in these parks will be available only in buses.”

In addition to the proposal for tourist, the safari parks will also care for nature and wildlife. The project proposes that leopards suffering from a permanent disability, injury from an accident or old-age ailments, etc. will also be kept in the safari parks. Here they will be giving their stay they will be given medical treatment by veterinary doctors. In case they recover, Forest officials will release them in the wild. If the damage is permanent they will be sheltered in these parks.

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