The Central Zoo Authority has given permission to the Kittur Rani Chennamma Nisargadhama at Bhutramanhatti to keep Lion, Tiger, Bear, Leopard, Fox, Gaur along with other few animals and birds.
At present the Zoo falls in ‘Mini Zoo’ Category as per the classification of Zoos by the Central Zoo Authority.
Belagavi city corporation will spend about 2 crores on building an 8 feet wide gutter and 8 feet tall boundary wall along 1.8 kms around the mini zoo.
The process will require around 2 years to be completed and Lions from the Gir forest are likely to be shifted once all the preparations are completed.
The forest department had sought permission to keep these animals and the Central Zoo Authority has given its nod.
Now it is upto the Forest department to fulfill all the requirements and only after which animals will be shifted under the guidance of the Central Zoo Authority.
The Mini zoo is spread over 34 hectares the mini Zoo was started in 1989.
The Mini Zoo is open from 10.30 am to 5 pm with an entry fee. Wednesday Holiday.
With the zoos being the best places to impart values on biodiversity and motivate visitors for its conservation, they can as well sensitise visitors on endangered species, in-situ and ex-situ conservation, and many other issues.