The Nehru Zoological Park has the distinction of housing the highest number of jaguars in the country with the birth of twins on Thursday.
The total number of jaguars in all the zoos of the country works out to 23 while with the addition of two more yesterday, the number of jaguars at the city zoo has jumped to nine.
According to the officials, a male and a female jaguars were born and both the newborns were healthy and comfortable and under appropriate care. With the new addition, the number of female jaguars had also gone up to two here. “No other zoo has so many of these species and of the total of 23, we have nine making us a facility with the highest number of jaguars,” says an official.
The zoo has also completed arrangements for the inauguration of cheetah enclosure and hopes to throw it open for visitors next week. Issue related to night home for the newly acquired cheetahs, two male and one female, from Dvur Kralove Zoo in Czech Republic, have been attended to. “Some works related to the moats were also taken care of and we would be opening the facility for visitors next week,” the official says.
Meanwhile, S.V.Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), on Friday visited the zoo and inspected the vulture breeding centre and mouse deer breeding centre. Accompanied by the staff, Mr. Kumar also had a look at the maintenance works taken up.