‘adopt-an-animal’ scheme of Nandankanan zoo

News: Nandankanan Zoological Park(NZP) which suffered a huge loss following its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic has revived its innovative ‘Adopt-An-Animal’ programme to mobilise resources for animals.

Facts:

  • Nandankanan Zoological Park(NZP): It is located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.Unlike other zoos in the country, Nandankanan is built right inside the forest and set in a completely natural environment.
  • Uniqueness:
    • It is the first zoo in the World to breed White tiger and Melanistic tiger and it is the only conservation breeding centre of Indian Pangolins in the world.
    • First captive breeding centre for endangered Gharials in the year 1980.
    • Kanjia Lake – A wetland of National importance (2006).
    • It is the only zoological park in India to become an institutional member of World Association of Zoos and Aquarium (WAZA).
    • It is the only zoo in India after which an express train Puri-New Delhi express has been named as “Nandankanan Express”.
    • It is the first zoo in India where endangered Ratel was born in captivity.
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