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 1200 animals of 120 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)
Advisory Committee of Pilikula Biological Park
President : Sri H. Jayaprakash Bhandary
Pilikula Biological Park.
Sri. Venkatesh G.
Pilikula Development Authority
Sri T. Subbaya Shetty
M/s Shettars Constructions,
Sri. N. G. Mohan
M/s Beta Agencies
Assistant Conservator of Forests
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. Suma. M. S., Biologist.
Sri Rakesh D.P. Assistant Engineer
Ms. Prasamsha Bhandary, Wildlife Biologist.
Dr. K. Madhusudhana, Veterinary Officer/Field Biologist