Dulahazra Safari Park in Cox's Bazar
Dulahazra Safari Park is at Chakaria Upazila in Cox's Bazar District in Bangladesh. It is about 107 km. away from the port city Chittagong. Its area is 2,224 acres. With a view to create facilities for eco-tourism, research work and entertainment aside from conserving wild animals in a natural environment.
Dulahazra Park is home to at least 4,000 animals of 165 species. The new government has taken some important step to develop the park in January 2007. Many individuals also ‘donated’ some of the animals to the park. The seized and donated animals recently sent to the park include 90 spotted deer (chital), 42 barking deer (maya, a species of muntjac deer), three sambar deer, one freshwater crocodile, one saltwater crocodile, nine black bear, four pythons, 17 peacocks, 19 Turkish pheasants and two emus.
The Dhaka Zoo is the another source of animal. While the animal population in Dhaka zoo has increased over the years due to their breeding, the Dhaka zoo donates a number of lions and tigers to the Dulahazra Safari Park.
Wild Life in Dulahazra Safari Park
Since the park was made open to the public, it is crowded all year round — 6,000 visitors daily during peak season (November to March) and 2,000 visitors daily during off season (April to October).
The park itself protects a large number of wild elephants which are native to the area. In the safari park there are domesticated elephants which are available for a ride. Visitors can also find here lions, Bengal tigers, Crocodiles, Bears, Chitals and lots of different types of birds and monkeys.