The forest department has decided to reopen the Bengal Safari Park and 12 other zoological parks of West Bengal to the public after six months of being shut due to the pandemic.
The department has also put in place a series of health safety measures
This will ensure the safety of the staff and the tourists.
Badal Debnath, Director, Bengal Safari Park, said, “We are taking all necessary health safety measures following the COVID-19 guidelines along with all our regulation routine works. We are sanitising all vehicles at the entry gates and then allowing visitors to the park by maintaining physical distance. We have resumed herbivore, tiger, leopard, and bear safaris for the visitors. But we have not yet started elephant safari keeping in mind the rules of physical distancing.”
According to visitors, only 12 passengers are allowed in a bus and social distancing is maintained at all times.
Inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2016, the Bengal Safari Park was set up over 700 acres of forest land. The park offers tiger safari, elephant safari, mixed herbivore safari, leopard safari, and Asiatic black bear safari. Apart from this, it also has an aviary trail, cats trail, gharials, and crocodile ponds.