Nandankanan Butterfly Park

Adding another feather to its cap, Nandankanan zoological park opened a butterfly garden on Thursday.

Spread over 3,200 sq metre in the Botanical Garden, the park was inaugurated by Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray.

Among the largest in the country, the park is an open air garden where at least 54 species of butterflies have been recorded.

One could see species such as Danid Eggfly, a Schedule I butterfly, Striped Albatross which is a Schedule II insect apart from Banded Peacock, Crimson Rose, Blue Mormon, Commander, Wanderer and Grass Demon.

The zoo management has established the park close to the Rose Garden so as to draw more and more butterflies during the peak hours. To give cooling effect to the day-flying insects, a 170-ft water stream has been created. There is a mud-pool and two water-bodies including a Lily Pond in the Butterfly Garden.

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