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Aquarium and moated Elephant enclosure opens in Nandan Kanan

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Following is an excerpt from a report in New Indian Express.

In all, there are 14 aquariums spread over 0.8 acre. Among them four house marine species and the rest freshwater species equipped with titanium chiller.

All the aquariums are equipped with `insitu’ filtration and recycling mechanism. In fact, two large size aquariums measure 3.5 meters in length and 0.9 meter in width. Attractions include well-researched education materials on aquaria, said zoo director Ajit Patnaik, adding, the materials are displayed on trans-slides boards.

One of the key objectives of the endeavour is to educate visitors about the rising pollution and the resultant impact on the aquatic life. About Rs 10 lakh alone has been invested on education materials.

There is also a special section which depicts the uniqueness of the marine ecosystem of the State. One of the freshwater aquariums represents fish fauna of the adjoining Kanjia lake.

The `moated’ enclosure has been developed over an area of five acres to provide a near-natural ambience to the elephants. The enclosure encompasses components like natural vegetation, water hole and adequate space for the movement of the animals.

The enclosure would stimulate their natural behaviour. Further, they will provide adequate opportunity to the visitors to watch the elephants literally in wild, Patnaik said. An elevation point has been put up to ensure better viewing.

Ecosystem-based aquarium at CIFA Bhubaneswar

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Following is an excerpt from a report in New Indian Express.

The city is all set to have one of the biggest aquariums in the country, spread over 332 square metre and housing as many as 140 varieties.

Deputy Director-General (Fisheries) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research Prof. S. Ayyappan would inaugurate iton Friday.

It has been built by Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA).

The research institute is describing it as one of the biggest ecosystem-based aquaria.

It will hold 140 varieties including 20 marine species and as many indigenous species in about 54 aquaria.

Entry fee has been priced at Rs 10 per adult, Rs 5 for child and Rs 3 for students (group of 20 or more).

The primary objective of the aquarium would be to create awareness among the public about aquatic fauna and flora.

It will aim at providing first hand information on ornamental fish and motivate farmers and entrepreneurs in ornamental fish farming and trade.

Some of the important fresh water varieties it would exhibit include Discus, Angel, Barbs, Danios, Tetras, Catfishes, Gouramies, and Cichlids.

Besides, some of the popular marine fishes in collection include Clown Fish,’ ‘Starfish,’ ‘Tang Fish,’ ‘Angel Fish,’ ‘Lion Fish and Anemones.

Importantly, the aquarium also has in possession a few pretty exotic fishes like Ghost Knife Fish of the Amazon, Texas and Flower Horn.

Plans for an aquarium in Puri

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Update: As per Dharitri, the current largest aquarium in the country is in Paradeep which is built in an area of 1.5 acres.


Following is an excerpt from a news item on this in the Statesman.

The holy city of Puri will soon have a modern sea-aquarium, with an approximate investment of Rs 2 crore.

Complying with the request of the Speaker Mr Maheswar Mohanty, who happens to be the local MLA, chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik has asked the tourism department to take necessary steps. It is said that the sea-aquarium is going to be the largest in the country.

Presiding over in a high-level meeting, which was attended by tourism minister Debi Prasad Mishra, tourism secretary Asit Tripathy, culture secretary Gopinath Mohanty, Paradip Port Trust (PPT) vice-chairman Subrat Tripathy and Puri collector Rashmi Ranjan Patnaik, Speaker Mr. Mohanty informed that the technical support for the project will be provided by PPT. This will be a major tourist attraction, he hoped.