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For those who love animals, there are quite a few places in Ranchi. You can go for a picnic to these places and have a look at different species of fauna. Some of these places are listed below:
Birsa Munda Zoological Park (Birsa Munda Jaivik Udyan):
Birsa Munda Zoological Park is on National Highway (NH 33), 16 kms. from
Ranchi. It is located on Patna-Ranchi road and is near village Chakla,
Block Ormanjhi.The dense green forests here provide a natural habitat for the animals like lions, tigers, monkeys and deer. There are a variety of useful trees like sal, neem, bel etc. in these forests.
The unique adoption program started here allows you to adopt an animal from this park. Such programmes actually inculcate love and care for animals and at the same time instill interest, awareness and curiosity about environment and conservation of nature.
The National Highway divides the whole area into two segments : one section is the Botanical garden which is comparatively smaller than the zoological section.
Birds such as coloured and white peafowls, hill mynah, owls, ducks, geese, koel, mute swan, love birds, white ibis etc. are found here. Mammals include Himalayan black bear, sloth bear, tiger, lion, elephant, barking deer etc. Reptiles like snakes, crocodile, monitor lizard, gharial are found too. School children come here on educational tours. The excitement is doubled as boating facility is available.
Muta Crocodile Breeding Centre:
Situated 23 kms. from Ranchi, this is a place where around 40 crocodiles are conserved efficiently. It is in Muta, which comes under Ormanjhi Block of Ranchi district. Located on Ormanjhi-Ramgarh road, it has a rest house too for the convenience of visitors. Muta Crocodile Breeding Centre was started in 1987 under International Union for Conservation of Nature Program (IUCN).
Birsa Deer Park (Bhagawan Birsa Mrig Vihar):
It is located on Ranchi-Khunti National Highway near Block Ormanjhi, around 11 kms. from Ranchi. Not only deer, but various other varieties of mammals are also found here. However, the number of deer runs into hundreds, hence the name.
These deer can be seen from close quarters --- thanks to Park Safari rides. There are lions, tigers, monkeys and various other animals here.The children's park adds to fun and frolic for the young visitors. The park is spread over 23 hectares. Canteen services cater to the needs of the visitors.Important trees like sal, neem, bel, ber are found here.
Around 250 deer live and enjoy the natural green surroundings here.The two main varieties of deer here are Sambhar and Chital.November to February is the ideal time to visit this park. Airport is quite near,so is Hatia Railway station. This is perhaps the reason why the number of visitors to this place is increasing day by day.