Darjeeling Zoo to unveil India’s first high-altitude single-end aquarium

Darjeeling Zoo to unveil India's first high-altitude single-end aquarium
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The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP), a popular tourist destination in Darjeeling, is set to unveil India’s first high-altitude single-end aquarium.

Officials at the park have confirmed that the new aquarium will cater to larger species of ornamental fishes, providing visitors with a unique and immersive aquatic experience.

This project will transform the existing reptile house at the zoo into a vibrant aquatic haven. While a small tank housing common fish currently resides there, the new aquarium promises to be much grander, accommodating a diverse range of larger ornamental fish species.

“We are working on the project,” confirmed Basavaraj Holeyachi, the park’s Director. “The existing tank was placed at the reptile house, but reptiles hibernate during winter. Thus, it has been kept closed for the visitors.”

The current reptile house has species like the Indian rock python, Russell’s viper, and sand boa.

The high-altitude aspect of the aquarium adds another layer of intrigue. Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the PNHZP is already the largest high-altitude zoo in India. The aquarium will further enhance its unique appeal, attracting nature enthusiasts and aquaphiles alike.

Apart from displaying captivating aquatic life, the aquarium is also expected to contribute to conservation efforts. Educational initiatives focusing on freshwater ecosystems and responsible fishkeeping practices are likely to be incorporated.

The new aquarium is expected to not only provide a delightful educational and recreational experience but also potentially boost tourism in the region.

In addition to the aquarium project, visitors to the PNHZP can look forward to having a glimpse of the two Siberian tigers, Lara and Akamas, brought from Cyprus. They are expected to be placed in public display enclosures by early 2024 as a New Year’s gift.

Both tigers are reported to be in good health and are presently undergoing a post-import quarantine period at the old conservation breeding centre within the zoo.

The Siberian tigers were exchanged with a pair of Himalayan Red Pandas as part of an animal exchange programme with the Pafos Zoo in Cyprus.

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