Shivanandana with his ancestors

Bannerghatta National Park: My trip to an Animal Sanctuary!!

Last month, I had a visit to Bannerghatta National park aka Biological park here, in Bangalore. This place is known for it’s diversified wild-animal preservation and breeding. This article is just about the experience that I had and my thoughts on that.

Before I start, I met with few of our ancestors ( according to Darwin’s theory ) .. The monkeys here were friendly and ‘Civilized‘. The reason why I use the word ‘Civilized’ is because when I tried to feed them, they did not do their usual ‘monkey-tricks’ nor did they grab or crash or clash or misbehave. May be they did not learn this from humans!! 😛 . One monkey was so gentle that she held my hands very softly and gently took the peanuts that I was offering her. It was really thrilling and mind-blowing.

First Memorable moment at Bannerghatta National Park:

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Feeding the ‘Civilized’ monkey..

Now, let me get on with the topic. As we entered the Bannerghatta National Park , we saw a big board upon which the name of the place was painted.

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Bannerghatta Board

The Bannerghatta National Park is mainly divided in to 2 parts. A safari and a Zoo. Safari is where they take us on drive inside the forest and we can see animals and Zoo is where animals are caged. Safari was charged at Rs 250/ per person and Zoo was charged at just Rs.25 per person. The safari was Good. Not too much exciting but it was worth a while. Here are few of the pics that I took. (Using my mobile!!).

 

Coming to the Zoo, I was personally not impressed about the hygiene and condition of the animals. All animals looked so tired and exhausted. There was no ‘liveliness’ in them. Felt very bad about the cages.

However, there were few interesting moments to capture  ( like the one below)… There was one small fresh water tortoise which was staring at me wherever I go.. It was just gazing..

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Cute turtle gazing at me!

The interesting creature I found in Bannerghatta National Park was a ‘Camouflage’ Guru.  Oh yeah; and one more  Camouflage Expert… back to back… Just try not to miss them…

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Camouflaged Chemaleon

The second one was tricky too!!!

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Camouflaged Snake!

There were many cages all around in Bannerghatta National Park. A vast variety of birds like parrots, peacocks, sparrows, pigeons, ostriches, emu, kiwi,  macaws, rare hornbills, various snakes, turtles, crocks, bears,  herbivores, carnivores omnivores etc ( too many to describe).

By the time we could finish 1/4th of the zoo, it was already around 4pm and it was our snacks time. The hot weather forced us to go for….. ‘Ice candies’..

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Ice Candies! ( Mango, Orange and raspberry)

There are around 4 to 5 vendor shops inside, where I could get pretty much everything that is needed for a small picnic like this…

Next up is one of the best moments of this trip…. The Dancing Peacock!!!  In the Next page..

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