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Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta Biological Park is carved out of the Bannerghatta National Park in the year 2002. Bannerghatta National Park was conceived and started in August 1971 for conservation of wildlife and promotion of wildlife tourism with special intension to create recreation facilities to the urban population of the fast growing city Bangalore.
Bannerghatta Biological Park is located about 22 Kms south of Bengaluru city. It is one among the few places in the world where wilderness is preserved so close to a big city. It is having different units such as Zoo, Safari, Butterfly Park and Rescue Center (Conservation of captive animals). All the inhabitants have been provided with an appropriate ambience to live in harmony with nature.
Safari is an expedition to observe the animals in their natural habitat. In the safari the animals are left free in a larger enclosure. The visitors are taken in closed vehicles inside the enclosure and are allowed to view the animals very close to them. The visitors can seen the animals in their natural surroundings unlike what they would seen in zoo wherein the animals are caged while the visitors are free outside. The safari provides the tourists with an opportunity to have close look at wildlife as they drive through the winding roads in the larger enclosures caged in their vehicles while the animals wander freely in the enclosures.
The visitors will have the thrill of wilderness and wildlife with the feeling of being in the midst of the forest and wild animals. This is the main theme of the safaris formed in the Bannerghatta Biological Park in the midst of the Natural forests – i.e. Ragihalli Reserve Forest, 4 km away from the zoo connected by asphalted road. The route to the safari passes through the picturous hillock Mattubunde giving an opportunity to the visitors to have the inspiring and breathe holding panoramic view of the landscape of the broken chain of hillocks and valleys with lush green forests. The park is one of the pioneers in creating and maintaining the safari of the wild animals to see, study and enjoy the majestic predators and other animals.