“The easy availability of bamboo, which is one of the three tree species that provide abundant oxygen, made us realise that instead of using concrete structures for public utility, the same facilities could be created using natural materials, especially bamboo,” Raja told DT Next.
Work had started nearly a month ago and bamboo fences along the guide path to various cages had been erected. Similarly, bamboo gallery that can accommodate 100 persons and benches and beds for visitors to rest have also been set up, said forest officials.
The zoo houses different wildlife numbering around 40 and had recently started, for the first time, hosting various bird species which recently visited the region following heavy rain in the area.
“The arrival of birds resulted in increased visitors, bird watchers and tourists. Classes were conducted at the bamboo gallery to convey to them why it was essential to preserve the nature,” Raja said. “The bamboo beds have evoked an overwhelming response from the visitors,” he added.
The recent rain also resulted in a good flow in Amirthi river, following which, locals too started thronging the spot. Though located on the border of Tiruvannamalai district, Amirthi in terms of distance is closer to Vellore. However, in an effort to increase the footfalls, officials have planned to conduct advertisement campaigns on the special features of Amirthi in Tiruvannamalai.