Gujarat: Over 1 lakh tourists visit Ambardi lion safari park in 3 years, no dip in footfall at Devaliya

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    Gujarat: Over 1 lakh tourists go to Ambardi lion safari park in 3 years, no dip in footfall at Devaliya

    Written by Gopal B Kateshiya
    | Rajkot |

    November 14, 2020 9: 51: 56 pm





    Ambardi lion safari park, Asiatic lion tourism, lion safaris, tourist footfall at Ambardi park, Gujarat safari park, Rajkot news, ahmedabad news, Gujarat news, Indian express news Tourists at Devaliya Safari Park near Sasan. (Express photo)

    The Ambardi Safari Park, which, was planned to disperse the Asiatic lion tourism circulation in Sasan in Gir (west) forest, has actually attracted more than one lakh travelers considering that it was opened 3 years ago. However information recommends that tourist step at Devaliya Interpretation Zone (GIZ) near Sasan, the town in Gir (west) forest known for its lion safaris, has actually remained unaffected with officers stating that the brand-new safari park might have taken advantage of new tourist circuit.

    Found on the picturesque bank of Khodiyar dam near Dhari town of Amreli district, Ambardi Safari Park was inaugurated by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in October,2017 By March this year, 1,32, 895 travelers had visited the park, according to information from forest department. According to the information, 44,823 travelers went to the park in 2017-18

    Another 50,126 visited it in 2018-19 and 37,946 in 2019-20 even as the park was closed to travelers 10 days prior to end of the financial year due to the Covid-19 break out.

    The tourism created total Rs2.23 crore revenue for the forest department.

    Despite around 50,000 tourists checking out the Ambardi park yearly, tourist tramp at GIZ, which is commonly referred to as Devaliya safari park, has stayed untouched. In truth, in year 2017-18, the year in which the Ambardi lion safari park tossed open to tourists, variety of tourists who checked out Devaliya safari park was 4.19 lakh, the greatest in the previous 5 years.

    The list below year, 3.69 lakh travelers checked out Devaliya and another 3.80 lakh in the truncated year 2019-20

    While the variety of travelers at Devaliya in 2015-16 and 2016-17 was 3.85 lakh and 3.93 lakh respectively, data shows.

    Data suggests that tourist circulation at Ambardi park has been approximately 10 percent of Devaliya but the footfall at the latter hasn’t seen any considerable dip.

    ” It seems tourists going to Tulshishyam and Diu are the ones who are choosing to watch lions in the Ambardi park whereas those checking out Devaliya are following a different circuit. Information appears to suggest that traveler flow has not diverted from Devaliya to Ambardi,” Dushyant Vasavada, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) of Junagadh wildlife circle stated.

    While inaugurating the Ambardi park, Rupani had actually expressed hope that the brand-new 400 hectare safari park sculpted out of the Ambardi booked forest on the edge of Gir (east) forest would reduce pressure of eco-tourism at Devaliya safari park as well as lion safaris inside the tourist zone inside the Gir National Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gir (west). Both parks, however, display practically very same kind of animals in comparable surroundings and having very same rates of entry tickets.

    ” Facilities and animals at both the parks are really much comparable save the leopard enclosure in Devaliya. We are building a similar enclosure in Ambardi,” Vasavada further stated.

    Gir forest and other secured areas are the only natural home of Asiatic lions worldwide.

    The world’s only sub-population of this species of huge felines is making it through in this landscape spread across Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar districts.

    In these two safari parks, captive-bred lions and other wild animals are kept in semi-captivity in their natural environments.

    The parks look like much the Gir forest except for the pucca tracks on which tourist lorries negotiate.

    Eco-tourism at Sasan has been growing at rapid rate, especially after actor Amitabh Bachchan highlighted the prestine forest and Asiatic lions in the Khooshbu Gujarati Ki marketing project of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL).

    The increasing rush of travelers has actually persuaded the state federal government to open Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary, a secured forest ignoring Junagadh city, to tourism.

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