Watch some rare butterflies up-close in a guided tour at Visakhapatnam zoo

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park initiates a sequence of public engagement programmes to redefine the zoo expertise as a conservation training centre

The sprawling 625 acres of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park has been witnessing a flurry of actions. And for a change, it isn’t simply the picnickers who’re preserving the zoo workers engaged. Publish pandemic, Visakhapatnam zoo has launched a sequence of public engagement programmes to advertise zoo as a conservation training centre. In November it kick-started its guided chook watching walks. The programme was an immediate hit with the small groups of contributors who not solely bought a glimpse of the ornithological delights of the area, but in addition went residence armed with info on the over 100 species of birds in its free-range.

This month, IGZP launched its butterfly walks at its Butterfly Park zone. Arrange in Might 2014, the Butterfly Park on the zoo has greater than 60 species of butterflies.

A thriving ecosystem

  • The Butterfly Park was inaugurated in Might 2014.
  • Unfold over little lower than an acre of land, it was constructed at the price of ₹ 20 lakh.

Considerably, it additionally homes the uncommon Crimson Rose and Danaid Eggfly, that are legally protected in India underneath Schedule I of the Wildlife (Safety) Act, 1972. Up to now, the profitable breeding of those two species was effectively documented by the zoo workers. The guided tour is hosted by butterfly park assistant B Divya Jyothi to let the individuals watch and perceive the life cycle of the winged species.

“Butterflies are seen from an aesthetic standpoint by most individuals. Only a few perceive the importance of the species. By like butterfly walks we need to spotlight its significance and within the course of proceed the documentation of the butterfly species of the area,” says zoo curator Nandani Salaria. Coated with mesh, the Butterfly Park was lately renovated to incorporate extra pollinator, nectar and host vegetation. “The Murraya paniculata (curry leaves) plant is the principle host plant during which many butterflies lay eggs,” explains Salaria. The lantana, jatropa, cuphea, rose moss, blue morning glory plant, Egyptian cluster plant function the nectar supply vegetation.

Species efficiently bred on the Butterfly Park

  • Tailed Jay
  • Blue Mormon
  • Lime
  • Tawny Caster
  • Tiny Grass Blue
  • Striped Tiger
  • Widespread Rose
  • Crimson Rose
  • Danaid Eggfly

India boasts of round 1,500 species of butterflies, of which practically 153 are recorded in Andhra Pradesh alone. To serve the aim of conservation, identification and classification of extra butterfly species is vital. These flitting beauties, just like the migratory birds, comply with a habitation sample throughout sure seasons. “The butterfly stroll is a pleasant expertise for me. Butterfly Park is a perfect ecosystem the place researchers, nature lovers in addition to photographers can doc butterflies,” says Sunita Rao, who participated within the stroll final week.

By the way, Visakhapatnam zoo is situated within the Jap Ghats, one of many oldest mountain ranges with thriving natural world and a vital secondary ecosystem.

The butterfly walks are held within the weekends from 9 a.m to 11 a.m with a registration charge of ₹ 200 per participant.

(For particulars, contact 81213168643)

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