Nandankanan Zoological Park is one of the premier large zoos in India and was established on 29th December, 1960. The White tiger Safari and the Lion Safari was established in the year 1991 and 1984 respectively. The Herbivore safari was created in the Park in the year 2011.
The newly created Bear safari over an area of more than 10 acres has been constructed under the financial assistance from 13th Finance Commission Grant. The design of the Bear Safari has been prepared by an Architect in consultation with zoo experts of the State. The total cost of establishment of Bear Safari comes to Rs.200 lakhs. The site for the bear safari was selected in a patch of natural forest situated adjoining to the Herbivore safari and Lion safari.
The entrance gate of Bear safari has been specially designed to provide a natural look. The safari is surrounded with a boundary wall of 828m. length and 3m. height. The northern boundary of the safari has been earmarked with a moat ( over a length of 164m and a depth of 2.5m). The road network inside the safari spreads over a length of 505m. Provision of two water holes and feeding platforms have been made inside the safari area. Six feeding chambers and three back kraals have been provided for the captive bears. A treatment room fitted with a squeeze cage for treatment of the ailing animals has also been provided in the facility.
The establishment of bear safari in Nandankanan is the third in the country next to Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad and Bannerghata Biological Park, Bengaluru.