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Pilikula Biological Park to be Handed Over to Forest Department for Improved Management

The Pilikula Development Authority (PDA) has decided to transfer the management of the Pilikula Biological Park, a zoo located in Dakshina Kannada, to the Forest Department. This decision comes after over two decades of operation under the PDA. The Chairman of the Authority and Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, M.R. Ravikumar, has written a letter to the Commissioner of the Authority, V. Abhishek, requesting the transfer to be completed by July 31.

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DC Ravikumar stated in his letter, dated June 7, that the transfer of the zoo to the Forest Department is recommended by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and aligns with the direction of Rajiv Ranjan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka.

During its 106th meeting on September 27, 2022, the Technical Committee of the CZA renewed the zoo’s license until December 1, 2025. However, the CZA also made several recommendations for improvement. One of the key recommendations highlighted the need for the zoo to be operated under the Forest Department. The committee expressed concerns about the Director in charge of the zoo lacking sufficient financial delegation to efficiently manage the zoo’s day-to-day operations without delays.

By transferring the management of the Pilikula Biological Park to the Forest Department, it is expected that the zoo’s operation and maintenance will be enhanced. The Forest Department is known for its expertise in wildlife conservation and management, making it well-suited for this responsibility.

The Pilikula Biological Park is a significant attraction in Dakshina Kannada, and the decision to hand it over to the Forest Department demonstrates a commitment to ensuring the welfare and conservation of the zoo’s animals. This move is anticipated to lead to improved facilities, increased efficiency, and a more holistic approach to managing the park’s diverse flora and fauna.

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