The construction of the special breeding dens is picking up in the Lion Safari at Fisher Reserve Forest area on the outskirts of Etawah district and the place may soon reverberate with roars of Asiatic lions.
The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) had approved the designs of the special breeding dens on January 18 to be built at the breeding centre and deliberated on February 5 on the master plan for breeding centre-cum-lion safari.
Lion Safari director Gurmeet Singh, under whose supervision, the project is underway, said that the work on four special breeding dens and a veterinary hospital, housing colony for safari staff, besides two over-head water tanks is heading towards completion.
The construction work as at the breeding centre is likely to be completed by December. Two pairs of lion presently kept at Lucknow and Kanpur zoos will arrive here by January next year. “Our plan is to introduce nearly 8 to 12 lions, when the safari starts. For this, we have already asked Sakarbaug Zoo authorities in Junagadh for 10 more lions, but four will be sent in the first phase. At present, we are in the process of getting four lions, two males and two females from there.
There would be around 12 special breeding dens at the safari with minimum human interference and the royal beasts would get a secluded ambience. The especially designed breeding dens would keep the mortality rate under check.