New entrants at Mysore zoo

It is celebration time at the Mysore zoo. The century-old zoo has succeeded in bringing exotic species from abroad. An internationally acclaimed zoo for its breeding programmes, it has received 15 animals from a foreign zoo under the animal exchange programme. It was in 1996 that the last exchange of animals took place at the zoo. The process involved clearance of three ministries of government of India apart from Central Zoo Authority, Zoo Authority of Karnataka and the state government. Thanks to the persistent efforts of the Zoo’s Executive Director Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens,  Vijay Ranjan Singh, the 15 animals finally arrived from Zoo Zlin, Czech Republic. The Mysore zoo has already sent spot-billed pelicans to the zoo in Czech Republic. The animals that have landed at Mysore zoo include red-necked wallaby, ring-tailed lemur, capuchin monkey, lesser rhea and military macaws.

Ashok Uchangi

Black granite hill

Shivagange, located just 60 kms from Bangalore, is an ideal trekking spot. It is a monolithic black granite hill rising over 1,380 meters above sea level, attracting pilgrims and rock climbers. The places to see in and around the place are Gangadhareshwara temple, Olakal Teertha, Nandi statue and Patalagange. Spring water spots are found aplenty on the hill.

There is a tunnel in the inner sanctum of the Gangadhareshwara Temple at the foothills, which is believed to be connected to Gavigangadhareshwara Temple in Gavipuram, Bangalore.

Aravind V S

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