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Sunday, February 14, 2010

butterfly - bannerghatta national park

2-00 PM 14th Feb 2010

Bannerghatta National Park – Bangaluru,  Karnataka, South India

Bannerghatta National Park established in the year 1971, lies 22 km. away from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state. It covers around 104.27 sq.kms which includes ten Reserve Forests of Anekal Range of the Bangalore Forest Division. Bannerghatta comprises the National Park, an Aquarium, a Zoo, Children's park, Crocodile Farm, Snake park, Prehistoric animals park and a Museum.
One of the major attractions of the Bannerghatta National Park is a Butterfly Park, the first of its kind in India. The park is a combined effort of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, University of Agricultural Sciences and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE). Union Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal inaugurated the park on 25th  November 2006. Spread over an area of 7.5 acres, it comprises of a butterfly conservatory, a museum and an audio-visual room. 

The butterfly conservatory is a circular enclosure stretching over an area of 10,000 sq ft, covered by a polycarbonate roof. There are approximately 20 species of butterflies at the conservatory, which has an adjusted environment that suits the butterflies. The setting is entire tropical, with humid climate and an artificial waterfall. The flora of the conservatory includes those plants and shrubs that attract butterflies. As we move forward from the conservatory, we will come across the second and third dome, which house a museum. The museum has numerous dioramas and exhibits on display.

The butterfly conservatory has a polycarbonate roof and is a 10,000 sq ft circular enclosure, inside which the living environment has been carefully designed to support over 20 species of butterflies. Visitors to Bangaluru, should also have a visit here to feel the natural habitats and environment.

Hereunder I post the special cover dated 23-5-2009 brought out on the occasion of introducing permanent pictorial cancellation in Bannerghatta PO 560083 of Bangaluru followed by a prepaid envelope of Rs.  5-00 INR date stamped on 18-1-2010.  thanks to Mr. Mansoor, Mangalore for supplying me this special cover.

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