Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
Bhubaneswar: Anybody visiting the Nandankanan Zoological Park near Bhubaneswar can now spot hundreds of beautiful colourful day-flying insects in the garden.
The state has now got it`s first Butterfly Park at the botanical garden of Nandankanan, which was inaugurated on Thursday by Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray.
The park spreading over 3,200 sq metre is an open garden and has at least 54 species of butterflies.
The park consists of a breeding section and a visitor section. The breeding section came up on 840 square meter, the visitor section is constructed on 2360 square meter.
Species such as Banded Peacock, Crimson Rose, Blue Mormon, Commander, Wanderer, Grass Demons and Moneky Puzzle could be seen in the park.
“The objective behind this garden is to spread much needed awareness among the visitors about the ecological role of the butterflies. For the greater benefit for our delicate eco-system, we need to conserve them. It has been designed to act as an in-situ conservation centre by providing a conductive atmosphere for congregation of a large number of butterfly species,” Sudarshan Panda, Director Nandankanan Zoological Park was quoted as saying.
The park, with en estimated cost of Rs 30 lakh, has been established close to the Rose Garden so as to draw more and more butterflies during the peak hours. Also, a 170-ft water stream has been created to give chilling effect to the beautiful creature. The garden also has a mud-pool and two water-bodies including a Lily Pond.
Mr Panda said to make the park more splendid they have planted at least 6,100 plants of 56 species, while 22 are host species out of them.