literally meaning "The Garden of Heaven"

Research work carried out and publications

Displaying its long-term commitment to research, Nandankanan Biological Park supported a number of research projects to assess biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, animal health issues and management of captive animals. To ensure optimal outcomes collaboration with the number of organization was given priority. The research teams are made up of Orissa Veterinary College, zoo vets, collaborating scientists and students of graduate, masters and PhD levels. Funding for research is provided by CZA. The research findings would further increase our expertise in the management of captive animals.

The major focus of the research studies carried out during the year mostly focused on standardization of artificial incubation techniques for birds and reptiles, standardization of hand rearing protocols for baby animals, management of health care related issues, behavioural studies on maternal behaviour of Indian pangolins, analysis effect of inbreeding on captive tigers, hormonal studies to determine reproductive status and stress in wild animals. Some of the studies are published in national and international journals which are mentioned bellow.

  • Sahu, S.K., Sahoo, N. and Mohapatra, R.K. (2018) Management of haemorrhagic enteritis in a striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena): a case report. Int J Avian & Wildlife Biol. 3(1):65‒66.
  • Chichilichi, B., Pradhan, C. R., Sahoo, N., Panda, M. R., Mishra, S. K., Behera, K., & Das, A. (2018). Fecal cortisol as an indicator of stress in free-ranging and captive Asian elephants of Odisha. 7(4): 1137-1140.
  • Kharate, A., Sahu, S. K. , Panda, S. K. , Sahoo, N. , Panda, H. K. (2018). Prevalence, Isolation and Identification of Feline Panleukopaenia Virus from Wild Felids in Nandankanan Zoo, Odisha. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, 12(1), 701.
  • Sahu, S.K., Panda, S.K. and Mohapatra, R.K. (2017) Gout in Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus): a case report. Int J Avian & Wildlife Biol. 2(2):46‒48.
  • Mishra, S.P., Mishra, C., Nayak, G., Mishra, P., Sahoo, N., Sahu, S.K. (2017) Effect of inbreeding on mortality of captive tiger. Explor Anim Med Res 7(1): 69-73.
  • Das. S., Dehuri, M., Panda, M.R. Sahoo.M., Mohanty B. and Sahu, SK. (2017) Chemotherapy against gastrointestinal helminths in herbivore safari at Nandankanan Zoological Park, Odisha. Global Journal of Bio Science and Biotechnology. 6(3): 556-558.

Documentation

  • A pictorial guide for the Butterflies of Nandankanan has been published during 2009
  • A book titled ‘Nandankanan-Faunal Diversity’ has been released during 2010 documenting the brief biology of all the animals at Nandankanan. It also enumerates the free ranging animals of the Sanctuary area.
  • A booklet titled 'Amphibians of Nandankanan' has been released during 2013 documenting the brief biology of amphibians found in Nandankanan.
  • Butterflies of Nandankanan
    The park spreading over 3,200 sq metre is an open garden and has at least 54 species of butterflies.
  • Nandankanan-Faunal Diversity
    A book titled ‘Nandankanan-Faunal Diversity’ has been released during 2010 documenting the brief biology of all the animals at Nandankanan. It also enumerates the free ranging animals of the Sanctuary area.
  • Amphibians of Nandankanan
    A book entitled “Amphibians of Nandankanan” has been published which documented the amphibian diversity (20 species) inside the sanctuary area.