Leopard Safari In Bengal Before ‘Poila Boishakh’


Siliguri: The North Bengal Wild Animals Park, popularly known as Bengal Safari Park, will soon add another feather to its cap: a leopard safari.

It will start from April, possibly before Poila Boishakh, or the start of the Bengali New Year, on April 15.

This will be the fifth safari at the wildlife park – the others being herbivore safari (rhino, deer and sambar), elephant safari, tiger safari and Himalayan black bear safari. Tourists are taken around in air-conditioned buses. The huge park also has seven each of aviaries trails and small cats trails, reptile (crocodiles and gharial) ponds and a biodiversity park.

According to the State Forest Officer, the safari will be introduced with two leopards. He said that the development of infrastructure for the safari is complete. The safari will cover an area of 20 hectares. The park is located about 11 kilometres from the heart of Siliguri off NH 31, after crossing the Salugara market.

This State Government project was an idea of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to popularise wildlife tourism in north Bengal.