Bhubaneswar: The Chandaka-Dampara Elephant Sanctuary on the outskirts of the city would reopen for visitors from October 2 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
The wildlife reserve would be opened under certain restrictions in view of the spread of Covid-19. The visitors would enter into the sanctuary via the Chandaka-Godibari main gate.
“The visitors will have to follow the Covid-19 rules by wearing mask and maintaining social distancing in the forest. In this regard, security personnel will be deployed at the sanctuary to enforce the norms,” informed Chandaka DFO Kedarnath Swain.He said that all kinds of arrangements including accommodation and food have been made for the visitors.The elephant sanctuary was closed for public since March 27 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The wildlife reserve is known for its splendour and pristinely home to many species. Spread over an area of 193.39 sqkm on the upland of North-Eastern Ghat of biotic region, the sanctuary is a treasure house of biodiversity. The park is known for successful conservation of elephants, which are the principal species here. It is also a home to a number of threatened wild animals and birds.