Chennai, May 13 (UNI) Tamil Nadu government today announced that it would set up a 'night safari' in Arignar Anna Zoological park, at a cost of Rs 256 crore, which would enable visitors to see wildlife in their own natural settings.
Replying to the demand for grants to Environment and Forest Department, State Forest Minister N Selvaraj said taking up the initial works for the night safari, Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned Rs five crore.
''The night safari, the first of its kind in the country, will have two components - an animal exhibit area and an entertainment area,'' he said, and added ''all the animals will be exhibited under artificial illumination in a naturalistic environment.'' He said the entertainment zone would have eatouts, plazas, souvenir shops, interpretation centres and rest areas. The night safari was being established for those interested in watching and understanding the natural wildlife behaviour and activities in the night hours.
''It will be a thrilling experience for the tourists, who would be conducted in vehicles to get an orientation to wildlife and also see the denizens in the twilight backdrop,'' the Minister claimed.
Mr Selvaraj claimed that Chennai with climate almost similar to that of Singapore was an ideal location to establish a night safari.
''Apart from this, the Tamil Nadu government had also issued orders to set up a 'butterfly park' in the same Zoological park at a cost of Rs 4.87 crore,'' he said.
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