Giraffe’s wait for a mate to end soon

T. Lalith Singh
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Malaysian zoo to send a female giraffe

The lone giraffe strolling leisurely at Nehru Zoological Park.— Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
The lone giraffe strolling leisurely at Nehru Zoological Park.— Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

For the lone giraffe at Nehru Zoological Park, more than three years wait for a mate would soon be over.

The seven-year-old male giraffe was shifted to the Nehru zoo from Delhi zoo in August 2009 and since then, the authorities have been trying to find a female giraffe. Finally, the efforts, though long drawn, seem to have paid dividends with Malaysian zoo agreeing to send few to the State.

Animal exchange

The animal exchange programme with Zoo Negara Malaysian Zoological Society has been actually entered into by Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam, under which it would get three giraffes and in return send three white tigers.

“Since the Malaysian zoo has agreed to provide two female and one male giraffes, one pair will be retained by the Visakhapatnam zoo while giving us a female giraffe,” an official with the Nehru zoo said.

Clearances sought

The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has approved the animal exchange and necessary clearances were being sought from the Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) apart from quarantine approvals from the Ministry of Agriculture. “The necessary paper work has already been taken up and it will not be long before we get the animal,” he said.

Some animals at the zoo have been without a mate for quite some time and the authorities have been striving to pair them up. For the two male ostriches, the zoo has recently acquired two female ostriches from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

Meanwhile, the work on Small Cats Lone, an enclosure to display small cats such as Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat and Rusty Spotted Cat is expected to be completed in the next couple of weeks.

The project to create a separate enclosure for these species was taken up four months agoat a cost of Rs. 9.70 lakh.



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