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Rescue & Breeding Center


Rescue Centre And Breeding Centre

The Central Zoo Authority and State Government of Madhya Pradesh signed a memorandum of understanding for formation of Rescue Centre for rehabilitation of rescued circus animals in the off exhibits at Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal on 23.03.2005.


Bear Rescue Centre

A Sloth Bear Rescue Centre was established in Van Vihar in 2006, in collaboration with Wildlife SOS, a New Delhi based NGO in order to put an end to the cruel practice of dancing Bears in the state. The Bear Rescue Centre in Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal is home to 25 Sloth Bears. 20 of these bears were rescued/handed over by their masters or Kalandars to the Wildlife SOS and 5 Bears were rescued by the Forest Department.

Van Vihar provides excellent infrastructure and monitors the welfare of the Bears while the Wildlife SOS Vet and team supervises their care and ensures that they receive nutritious diet with added vitamins and medication when required. The Bears are well looked after like other animals at Van Vihar


Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre

Van Vihar in collaboration with the Bombay Natural History Society runs a Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre (VCBC) which is located at the edge of a reserve forest area near Kerwa dam in Bhopal. It is about 7 km. from Van Vihar and is 5.5 acres in area. The centre was established in 2014 for the breeding of two Critically Endangered Gyps species of vultures - White-backed, Gyps bengalensis and Long-billed, Gyps Indicus.


Basic infrastructure at the centre includes colony aviary, hospital aviary, nursery aviary, holding Aviary, Quarantine facility, CCTV Monitor room, Well equipped haematology laboratory, Clinical room, Staff accommodation and Vehicles.

There are a total of 46 Vultures at the centre, of which 30 are Long billed and 16 are White backed. A White backed chick hatched in the month of March 2017, making the centre's breeding initiatives a success. The recurring expenditure of the VCBC is completely funded by the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department.

The centre takes up regular breeding, health check-ups and monitoring activities and helps in awareness generation about the role of Vultures in the environment and need of their Conservation. The centre helped in the organization of a one day workshop at Van Vihar on 2nd October 2016 on the 'Role of Vultures in cleaning the environment'.


Hardground Swampdeer – Barasingha, Breeding Centre

In order to propagate and facilitate reintroduction of Swampdeer species (Hardground Barasingha) in wilderness, a centre of breeding of Hardground Barasingha was established at Van Vihar in the year 2015.


7 animals were translocated from Kanha National Park as founder population. 3 of them were males and 4 of them were females. In the last three years the barasinghas population has come up to 15 indicating the successful adaptation and breeding of the species.