The Deer park of the Berhampur University is situated inside the campus, which is 12 Km away from the Berhampur town and 6 Km away from the Gopalpur-on-Sea. It is well connected with the National Highway No.5. The Deer Park was established in the year 1989 over an area of 2.2 acres with an objective was to provide recreational facility and create awareness about conservation of wildlife, primarily among the students and visiting public.
The Veterinary Doctor, Korapally is being consulted for routine health checkup of the animals and a daily wage attendant looks after daily routine activity of the Deer Park.
The visitors are allowed to see the exhibits from outside the fenced area of the Mini Zoo. No entry fee is realized from the visitors.
Since its inception, the University itself has been bearing all the expenses of the deer park from its own resource. Initially the budget provision was Rs.18, 000/- per year and now it has increased to Rupees 5,00,000/- per year.
At the beginning, a pair of spotted deer was brought from the premises of Raj Bhawan, Bhubaneswar and at present the population of deer is 50 which include 20 males, 22 females and 8 young ones.
This Deer Park has got the status of ‘Mini Zoo’ by the Central Zoo Authority of India in 2009. A master plan of the Mini Zoo incorporating a detailed layout has been prepared and submitted, to the Central Zoo Authority of India for seeking financial assistance/grant for maintenance and up-gradation of the Mini Zoo. However, no financial assistance has been provided by the CZA, India in this regard. The Mini Zoo status was valid up to 31.03.2010, and subsequently derecognized.
The deer are given specified deer feed daily, procured from the Orissa Agro Industries Corporation, Bhubaneswar with additional supplemented of green fodder and fresh drinking water.
Recently, The University authorities have requested the Department of Forest, Govt. of Odisha for taking over the management of Deer park and it is under process.