Bhubaneswar: In a heartwarming development that will captivate wildlife enthusiasts and tourists alike, Odisha is set to introduce a distinctive Melanistic Tiger Safari near the Similipal Tiger Reserve in the Mayurbhanj district.
With great enthusiasm, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik shared this exciting news through a social media post, expressing his joy at the opportunity to showcase the rare and majestic species unique to Odisha. Taking to Twitter, he announced, “Excited to share that #Odisha is establishing an exclusive Melanistic Tiger Safari near Similipal Tiger Reserve in #Mayurbhanj. Visitors can now witness the rare and majestic species found only in Odisha.”
This announcement has sparked tremendous excitement among wildlife enthusiasts, conservationists, and tourists eager to witness the beauty and rarity of these melanistic tigers.
The Melanistic Tiger Safari is set to provide a remarkable opportunity for visitors to observe the elusive pseudo-melanistic tigers, commonly known as black tigers, in their natural habitat. Strategically located in the Similipal National Park, the safari has witnessed sightings of these rare creatures characterized by a distinctive dark stripe pattern against a backdrop of lighter, white, or golden fur.
Until now, pseudo-melanistic tigers have been captured only through camera traps within the Similipal National Park, making this safari a unique chance for the public to closely observe and appreciate the distinctive features of these magnificent creatures. As Odisha prepares to unveil this exclusive safari, it signifies a significant stride in the state’s dedication to wildlife conservation and ecotourism, providing an exhilarating adventure for those seeking a profound connection with nature.