A state-of-art zoological park with a distinctive collection of indigenous and exotic animals, and birds from the various regions of the world, is located in the picturesque hills near the tallest statue of the world, the 'Statue of Unity' and the Sardar Sarovar Dam, in Kevadia, Gujarat. The new zoological park is touted as the world’s fastest made 'jungle safari' and is billed to extend an exciting trip for viewers who can enjoy the scenic beauty of the hills and vivid wildlife to give an immersive and entertaining experience.
Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who is currently the Additional Chief Secretary (Forest & Environment Dept.) and also the MD of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNL) shared some photos of the jungle safari with its newest inhabitant.
Gupta took to the microblogging site to share few images of the facility and its adorable new entrant 'Bhim'. In his tweet, he wrote that the ‘15-month Hippopotamus’ is ready to join the ‘world’s fastest ever made Jungle Safari’ which is located near the Statue of Unity. Further in his post, he shared details about the adorable Hippo calf will be joining others at the ‘zoo in a few days’.
Bhim’’-A young Hippopotamus getting ready to join world’s fastest ever made Jungle Safari near #statueofunity, Get ready to meet 15 months old, 250 kgs heavy new comer in a few days. Come & visit Kevadia, a wonderful gift that Hon @PMOIndia has given to the nation pic.twitter.com/2MBkTlWGqt— Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta (@drrajivguptaias) February 24, 2021
He also urged the public to ‘come and visit Kevadia’ and termed the new facility as a ‘wonderful gift’ that the honourable prime minister Narendra Modi has given to the nation. He also mentioned and tagged the official Twitter handle of the prime minister’s office (@PMOIndia) in his post.
The new jungle safari is spread over 375 acres at seven different levels. It is situated on the right bank of the Narmada River, near the Statue of Unity and sits at an altitude or elevation of 29 metres to 180 metres.
The zoological park is currently home to more than 186 species of fauna, which also include distinct biological communities from Africa, Australia, America and Asiatic regions.
Among the endangered species housed at the facility, visitors can also spot some of India’s magnificent big cats like the Asiatic Lion, the Royal Bengal Tiger and Leopard among others.