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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.
                 Sri S.A.Prabhakara Sharma, 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.Dipika Valsarajan., Veterinary Officer
Ms. Suchithra N., Zoo Education Officer.
Sri Rakesh D.P. Assistant Engineer



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We are happy to announce the arrival of the Hippopotamus Kaveri at Pilikula Biological Park. Kaveri has been given to our park by Bannerghatta Biological Park, Bangalore as a part of animal exchange programme and soon we will be receiving two more hippos from them to give Kaveri company. We are excited to have a hippo in our park and we invite you all to meet our new member

Asiatic Lion


New arrival

Lion-tailed Macaque


New arrival


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New arrival

White Ibis

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New arrival

Alexandrian Parakeet

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New arrival

White Peafowl


New arrival

Mammals Reptiles Birds