Etawah Safari Park (formerly Lion Safari Etawah) is a drive-through wildlife safari park in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. It is situated at 2 hour driving distances from the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra and about 3 hour driving distances from state capital Lucknow. The wildlife officials entrusted with this project visited Longleat Safari Park, England for inspiration. It will have a lion safari, a deer safari, an elephant safari, bear safari and a leopard safari. It already has two Vijayanta tanks of the Indian Army along with an steam locomotive at display. It also has a 4D theatre.
The Lion breeding center and LION safari is situated on the outskirt of Etawah City
- In the first phase of 1000 acre (400 ha.) 400 acre within the Lion Breeding Center and Lions Safari and the remaining 600 acre in the surrounding reserved forest, has been taken up.
- Species like Neem (Azadirachta Indica), Shisham (Dalbergia Sissoo), Pipal (Ficus Religiosa), Kala Shisham (Dalbergia Latifolia), Banyan (Ficus Bengalensis), Pakar (Ficus Lacor), Bel (Aegle Marmelos), Mahua (Madhuca Indiaca), Kadamb (Anthocephallus Kadamba), Siris (Albizzia Lebbeck), Acacia auriculiformis and tamarind species have been planted in outer area of the Lion Breeding center and Lion Safari.
- Tabibuya and Tecoma species have been planted in areas near Lion Safari, Shisham (Dalbergia Sissoo), Neem (Azadirachta Indica), Kanji (Pongamia Pinnata),Siris, Bahuinia, Kadamb (Anthocephallus Kadamba), Maulsri, Pipal (Ficus Religiosa), Bargad (Ficus Bemgalensis) etc. have also been planted.
- Generation of employment avenues development of site as tourist spot, improvement of ground water level and increase in productivity of nearby agricultural fields will lead to make better economic development.
The facility is being established in an area of 350 ha., (N26046’1101”E78059’46.2” and N26046’50.1”E78059’22.9”) of which 50 ha. Will serve as the Safari and the remaining 300 ha will serve as the buffer. The entire area is being fenced. To make the habitat conducive for lions, the existing vegetal cover is being transformed with the replacement of exotic Prosopis by suitable native species. Selective removal of the exotic is supplemented by sowing of seeds of indigenous grasses shrubs and tree. Soil conservation works are also being done.
The Breeding Center, Animal Houses, Veterinary Hospital, Interpretation Center, vistor amenities, staff facilities and office etc. are being developed in accordance with approved Master Layout Plan and Master Plan.
Creation of facilities of international standard in near natural condition wherein the population of the Asiatic Lion can be furthered through captive breeding. Conservation awareness will be promoted through the Lion Safari and Nature Interpretation Center.