The Kittur Rani Chennamma zoo at Bhutaramanahatti got three lions Recently. In the coming days, it will get tigers, cheetah, bears, and other animals, Satish Jarkiholi said. He was speaking to journalists during a visit to Rani Kittur Channamma zoo near Mukti Mutt on Belagavi-Kolhapur road.
He said he had sanctioned some funds for the zoo while he was the Forest Minister. The zoo would be opened to the public in two months. The zoo have been developed at the cost of 16 Crores in the first Phase.
The zoo lies at the border of three States. It would be developed into a model zoo by spending around ₹50 crore over five years,” he said.
“The zoo needs around 1.5 lakh litres of water per day. The officers are trying to adopt rainwater harvesting methods within the 85-acre zoo. The State government is trying to provide treated water from Honaga industrial estate. We will also try to get water from the nearby Markandeya river,” the MLA said.
Two lakes construction: The zoo is being developed on the lines of Mysore zoo. This will prevent people from Northern Karnataka from going to the Mysore Zoo. Two lakes are being made to supply water to the zoo through the Markandeya River under the Narega project. He said action would be taken to ensure the supply of vehicles for Safari.
Facilitating adoption of animals : Conservator of Forests B.V. Patil said the zoo authority had launched a mobile app to allow philanthropists to adopt animals by paying the cost of maintenance per year. We are getting several inquiries, he said.