‘We have heard of several tiger and lion reserves in India but this is for the first time when a Leopard Reserve Park has been introduced and thrown open for visitors. Tourists will be able to enjoy leopard safari in Jaipur’
Jaipur: India’s first ever ‘Leopard Reserve’ was inaugurated at Jhalana forest in Jaipur on the occasion of World Animal Day. Rajasthan Chief minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the Jhalana Leopard Reserve in Jaipur under the first ever ‘Project Leopard’ initiated by the state government on Thursday. It will contribute to the wildlife conservation drive and boost the tourism sector.
DFO Sudarshan Sharma said, “We have heard of several tiger and lion reserves in India but this is for the first time when a Leopard Reserve Park has been introduced and thrown open to visitors. Tourists will be able to enjoy leopard safari in Jaipur.
The Jhalana Leopard Reserve will enthrall visitors with an exciting Leopard safari. Several measures have been taken for the wild animals and visitors to ensure their safety.
Apart from the safari, interpretation center, tourist refreshment hut, tourist waiting room, unique entry gate, talking Leopard dummies and several paintings has been introduced for the tourists.
A photo gallery has been set up in the interpretation center of the Jhalana Reserve, where photos from several wildlife photographers and lovers will be displayed. The journey of Jhalana Leopard Safari will be presented in form of audio-visual devices and paintings.
Jaipur will be known for its wildlife tourism with the launch of Lion Safari, Leopard Safari, and Bird Aviary, forest department officials said.
‘Project Leopard’ is the first ever project in the country initiated by the Rajasthan government. Starting with Jaipur it will spread to different parts of the country. The aim of the project is to conserve leopards and provide them with habitat.
Seven more Leopard project will be introduced at different places in the state including Kumbhalgarh, Jaisamnad, Shergarh, Mount Abu, Khetri, JawaiBaandh Conservation Reserve and Bassi, according to Rajasthan Forest Minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar.
The Jhalana Forest Reserve is located in the heart of the Jaipur at Malviya Nagar Industrial area. It is spread across over an area of 22 sq. km on the east of Jaipur.