We began our journey with the Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar Odisha as we had heard a lot about it from the Odiyas on the train. The zoological park is well maintained with many birds and animals in it. Besides, we got to see different kinds of plants in it. The term Nandankanan is a mythical name which means the garden of the gods. True to its name the place is so beautiful as if the gods have come down to have a visit to that place. There are some facts which make this garden unique.
All the members of my family were really overjoyed when we experienced the exquisite beauty of the place. We knew that the park had many white tigers and couldn’t stop ourselves from having their glimpse. The white tigers were magically born to the normal colored tigers in the year 1980, which is quite unusual and which is a unique event in the history of the world. This is the first zoo in the country where the endangered Gharials were born in the captivity. A unique White tiger safari was established in the garden on 1st October 1991. We also saw the Kanjia Lake which is a wetland especially for the migratory birds of National importance. The place is also famous for the conservation and breeding centre for mouse deer, Indian Pangolin and white colored vultures.
The Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar Odisha is the only garden in India possessing Open billed Stork, Eastern Rosella and Patas monkey. It also has Nicobar Pigeon, macaws with green wings and Cinereous Vulture. It is the second largest place for storks having open bills. The zoo holds its pride in being the first zoo in the country to become a member of World Association of zoos and Aquariums. All these things were so unique that we were amazed by the sight of the garden. Each and every quality of the Nandankanan is a matter of great delight. I saw many students of nearby schools, colleges and universities on an education trip ready to have a better insight into the importance of environment.