Bannerghatta National Park Facts

Bannerghatta National Park Facts
Bannerghatta National Park is a 65,127.5 acre park located in the hills of Bangalore's Anekal range. The park was originally founded in 1970 for the purposes of providing a recreation center for citizens to enjoy nature. In 1972 a mini zoo was created within the park and in 1974 it was declared a national park. A portion of Bannerghatta National Park was designated the Bannerghatta Biological Park in 2002 to serve as a biological reserve. Bannerghatta's landscape is made up of hilly terrain, scrubland, deciduous forests, valleys, the Suvarnamukhi stream, and provides a home to a variety of species of animals and plant life, come of which are endangered.
Interesting Bannerghatta National Park Facts:
In 1972 a mini zoo was created in Bannerghatta National Park. The zoo has grown to house more than 78 animal species and over 1300 animals today.
India's first butterfly enclosure was opened in Bannerghatta National Park in 2006. It contains the conservatory, an audio visual room, and a museum. It supports more than 20 butterfly species in 10,000 square feet of space.
Bannerghatta National Park has an elephant sanctuary. It is fenced in and forested and provides a safe place for elephants to roam freely. It covers 122 acres of land.
The elephant fence was funded by PETA India. PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It is an animal rights organization.
Animals that can be found in Bannerghatta National Park include elephants, Indian gazelles, leopards, jackals, sloth bears, Royal Bengal tigers, monitor lizards, hippos, Asiatic lions, wild boars, barking deer, spotted deer, langurs, foxes, crocodiles, white tigers, bears, king lions, and many more.
Bannerghatta National Park houses a reptile park. Some of the reptiles found within the park include pythons, Russell's vipers, monitor lizards, and cobras.
Plants that can be found growing in Bannerghatta National Park include bamboo, eucalyptus, tamarind, neem, sandalwood, santalum album, and many others.
The stream running through the park named Suvarnamukhi is believed to have healing properties by many in India. Bore wells were drilled in 2014 to provide water to animals when the stream runs dry during certain seasons.
Bannerghatta National Park is located only 22 kms from Bangalore City and can be reached by regular bus from the city.
Bannerghatta National Park has several safari options for visitors including the Lions and Tiger Safari, the Herbivore Safari, and the Bear Safari. In the Safaris visitors can observe the animals in a secure safari vehicle while the animals roam in their natural environment.
Bannerghatta National Park is considered to be one of India's most famous parks.
Inside the boundaries of Bannerghatta National Park are six rural villages. These villages have enclosures for the farming of cattle and sheep.
There are 16 villages bordering Bannerghatta National Park.
In 1992 while on safari with her family a 5-year-old girl was killed by a tiger. The tiger was then relocated to the zoo.
The best time for visitors to go to Bannerghatta National Park is between September and January each year, based on the tropical climate.

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