Nandankanan Zoological Park: Odisha

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  • September 22, 2020
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Nandankanan Zoological Park: Odisha

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Zoological Parks

In news

  • Recently, Nandankanan Zoological Park was in news due to death of two sloth bears.

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Nandankanan Zoological Park

  • It is situated near Bhubaneswar, Odisha. 
  • It was inaugurated in 1960.
  • It is the first zoo in India to become a member of the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA).
  • It is recognized as a leading zoo for the breeding of the Indian pangolin and white tiger.
  • Leopards, mouse deer, lions, ratel and vultures are also bred here.
  • It was the world’s first captive crocodile breeding centre, where gharials were bred in captivity in 1980.
  • The State Botanical Garden of Nandankanan is one of the pioneering plant conservation and nature education centres of Odisha.

Sloth Bear

  • Scientific Name: Melursus ursinus
  • Also called honey bear, Hindi bhalu.
  • Habitat: Tropical or subtropical regions of India and Sri Lanka.
  • Protection Status: (1) Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List; (2) Appendix I in CITES; (3) Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
  • Threats: Habitat loss, poaching for body parts, captured for use in performances and hunted because of their aggressive behavior and destruction of crops.

Do you know?

  • WAZA is the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, zoos and aquariums, dedicated to the care and conservation of animals and their habitats around the world.

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