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Pilikula Nisarga Dhama is a major Eco-Education and Tourism Development Project promoted by the district Administration of Dakshina Kanada in the beautiful city of Mangalore in Karnataka State, India.

Pilikula is an integrated theme park with wide variety of features; it has many attractions of cultural and scientific interest. Pilikula extends over an area of 400 acres along the banks of Gurupura river.

The Pilikula Biological Park is one of the major attractions of Pilikula Nisarga Dhama. The park has an area of 150 acres. In accordance with prevailing laws, the Central Zoo Authority of India has recognized the park as a major zoo. As per modern zoological practices, the animals are kept in spacious enclosures closely resembling their natural habitat.

The park has well equipped veterinary hospital complex with quarantine, post treatment ward and post-mortem block, X-ray and ultrasound scanning facilities. Central Zoo Authority has funded the construction of hospital complex.

Pilikula Biological Park is aesthetically one of the best designed premises in the country meeting all modern international standards of Zoo management. The park serves as a good educational center for students of all ages in enriching their knowledge on conservation of wildlife.

Pilikula Zoo houses about 1000 animals of 98 species of mammals, reptiles and birds.
Pilikula has the credit of breeding some of endangered species of mammals, reptiles and birds of Western Ghats region. It is the only zoo to breed King Cobra in captivity.

The park area is covered with thick vegetation, which serves as a natural habitat for wild animals. Number of free ranging mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects are found in the zoo premises. It also serves as a nesting ground for birds (more than 70 species recorded)



  • Broad taxonomical display of wild animals species of national importance with special emphasis on fauna of Western Ghats.
  • Conservation and Breeding of endangered species found in the Western Ghats for display, exchange, breeding loans and rehabilitation to the wild in keeping with the National Policy and Guidelines from time to time.
  • Promote awareness among the public in general and conserve wild-life its habitat.
  • Encourage research and scientific studies useful for zoo and wildlife management.
  • To function as a rescue center for orphaned wild animals in the region.
  • Recreation for the purpose of providing wholesome, healthy educational activity by utilizing the natural features.


Dr.Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisarga Dhama Society ®,Mangalore.
Advisory Committee of Pilikula Biological Park

President – Sri H. Jayaprakash Bhandary
                 Pilikula Biological Park.
                 Shri Prasanna V.   K.A.S.
                 Executive Director
                 Dr.Shivarama Karantha
                 Pilikula Nisarga Dhama
                 Sri T. Subbaya Shetty
                 M/s Shettars Constructions,
                 Sri. N. G. Mohan
                 M/s Beta Agencies

                 Assistant Conservator of Forests
                 Mangalore Sub-division

                 Sri Charls Paul
                 Animal Care Trust

Technical Staff of Pilikula Biological Park

Sri Jerald Vikram Lobo, Senior Scientific Officer.
Dr. Vishnu Deth Vijayakumar., Veterinary Officer
Ms. Suchithra N., Zoo Education Officer.
Sri Rakesh D.P. Assistant Engineer


Winners of Wildlife Week 2017


Photography competition First place: Vineeth Kumar .K Research student, Applied Zoology, Mangalore university Second place: Apul Alva Ira Vijayavani News Third place: Sathish Infosys Mysore Drawing competition Below 1st std First place: Sanvika St Agnes School Second place: Havish. J Mahalingeshwara English Medium School Third place: Hasmini Hasmith Raj Cambridge School 2nd to 4th std First place: Akhil Sharma Chinmaya School,Mangalore Second place: Anvith H Canara higher primary school Third place:Sinchana St Aloysious English Medium School 5th to 7th std First Place: Mokshith Suresh Delhi public school,MRPL Second place: Anoop A Kendriya Vidyalaya Third place: Ayush .Y Canara Urwa 8th to 10th std First place: Ananaya. H Canara School, Urva Second place: Athul Shet Canara school, Dongerkery Third place: Saathvik Kanachur public school College students: First place: Danya S Sanil Sharada pre university Second place: Kushi P Kunder First PUC Third place:Deeksha.P.S Brilliant PU College Fancy dress competition Below 1st std First place: Snithik Kids paradise Second place: Riya liana gomes Cambridge School, Mangalore Third place: Calen Lobo St Raymonds school 2nd to 4th std First place: Grahith G prabhu Sharada vidyalaya Second place: Anvisha Shubhodaya Vidyalaya, Mangalore Third place: Naithik Sharada Vidyalaya 5th to 7th std First Place: Gagan G Prabhu Sharada Vidyalaya Second place: Shreya Revankar Canara school Third place: Prakruthi Maroor Excellent School

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