Safari in the natural forest is expedition to observe the free range wild animals in their natural habitat. The visitors in the secured safari vehicle are allowed inside the safari, will have the thrill of wilderness by seeing them in the midst of the forest through a keen and closed observation. The Bannerghatta Biological Park is one of the pioneers in providing this facility to the visiting public.
The visitors will have the thrill of wilderness and wildlife with the feeling of being in the midst of the forest and wild animals. This is the main theme of the safaris formed in the Bannerghatta Biological Park in the midst of the Natural forests i.e. Ragihalli Reserve Forest, 4 km away from the zoo connected by asphalted road. The route to the safari passes through the picturous hillock Mattubunde giving an opportunity to the visitors to have the inspiring and breathe holding panoramic view of the landscape of the broken chain of hillocks and valleys with lush green forests. The park is one of the pioneers in creating and maintaining the safari of the wild animals to see, study and enjoy the majestic predators and other animals.
It is an open enclosure created in an area of 5.00 Ha of Ragihalli Reserve Forest during 1979. All around the 5.00 Ha of forest area, a tall chain link mesh with the height of around 15 feet has been erected. Further a big moat all round the chain link mesh fence has been created to avoid the tress pass of any wild animals living in the area. The animal house is provided with 11 holding rooms and all the 11 holding rooms are provided with retrieval area for the day time rest. The identified groups of animals are only allowed into safari on a rotational basis regularly for the benefit of visiting tourists.
Presently there are 32 lions (17 male and 15 female) are housed in lion safari
The peripheral boundary has been created for all the 3 units by digging open moat and erecting chain link mesh fence. Indira Gandhi Tiger Safari has the facility of 11 holding rooms. The Appaiah Tiger Safari has the facilities of 02 animal housing complexes. Both animal houses together has 10 animal holding rooms. The White tiger safari has the facilities of 02 animal housing complexes. There are totally 08 animal holding rooms. All the holding houses are provided with basic facilities of water and sanitation. The identified groups of animals are only allowed into safari on a rotational basis regularly for the benefit of visiting tourists.
Presently there are 36 (20 male and 16 females) normal tigers and 6 (4 male and 2 female) white tigers are housed in tiger safari
It is an enclosure covering over an area of 68.00 in Bannerghatta Reserve Forest. It is believed that the Herbivores Safari was developed during 1970's but opened to public view during 2002. The entire area has been barricaded with stone wall along with the additional support of solar power fence and Elephant proof trench (EPT). The vegetation in the safari is more favourable to the herbivore animals round the year as large number of fodder species like bamboo and anogassius intermitted with vast extent of foreshore area of the water bodies. The edible grass species such as sacharam, symbopogan and heteropogan are commonly seen in the grass land and constitute as the main fodder. Few patches of shorea telura also found within the safari and serving as the standing shade for the animals. There are 5 water bodies found in the safari area namely, Deepankere, Chennamanakere, Gowdanakere and Seegadikunte, Gowdanakere. These water bodies are remaines perennial and serve as the source of water for the inmate animals during all the seasons.
The animals found in the safari are Gaur, Sambar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Black Buck and Nilgai. The other animals naturally found in the safari are wild boar, porcupine, pangolin etc., are also sighted frequently along with the other major mammals
Bear safari has been established in an area of 18.00 Ha in the Ragihalli State Forest during 2002. The Safari area is provided with peripheral open moat. The outer wall of the moat is embedded with stone slabs all around in order to prevent the sloth bear escape or to avoid tress pass of any other free range wildlife into the safari. This safari is also provided with animal housing facilities in 05 blocks namely Panchavati, Chitrakuta, Kishkinda, Dr. G.K.V Block and Jambava. There are totally around 100 animal holding rooms with a facility of kitchen.
The forest area is planned to be planted additionally with varieties of fruits yielding trees to create natural habitat for bears.
The facility created in the Bear Safari was left to the management of Wildlife SOS to house and maintain additional number of bears rescued from maddharis from all over India in the year 2005.
Presently there are 78(40M+38F) bears are housed in this facility. The identified groups of animals are only allowed into safari on a rotational basis regularly for the benefit of visiting tourists.