Katraj Snake Park in Pune is a famous conservation park boasting a vast collection of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. It later became part of the Rajiv Gandhi Udyan in 1999. There are over 160 species of snakes here, of various shapes and sizes. The prize collection is a 6 years old, nine feet long King Cobra..
The Katraj Snake Park of Pune became functional in 1986, by the efforts of Mr. Neelam Kumar Khaire, aided by the Pune Municipal Corporation. Mr Khaire is not only the Director of the park but also a snake lover himself. He has introduced novel techniques of communication such as providing information about snakes for the blind through braille.
Information about snakes is exhibited in a library within the park. A zoo has just been added, making it a popular tourist destination, particularly for children. This snake park is well-known for its pro-wildlife activities. It has organized many snake festivals and snake awareness programs to clarify doubts and destroy fears about this species. During Nagpanchami, the Katraj Snake Park at Pune arranges programs to discourage ill-treatment towards snakes.
Among the chief attractions of the park, rare species of Brown Palm Civet, nine feet long King Kobra brought from Sunderbans, some rare species of birds and turtles are a few.
The lush green garden beside the snake park is yet another attraction and a soothing sight to your eyes.
Slightly outside the city proper, Katraj Snake Park is located along the Pune Satara Highway near the Bharati Vidyapeeth University. The Katraj Snake Park is 8 kilometers from Pune, close to the Katraj Bus Depot.
Katraj Snake Park is a popular wildlife zone and tourist spot in Pune.
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