Tigers at the Mysore Zoo can now prowl around in near-natural conditions and simulated habitat as the authorities have constructed kraals for their benefit.
The tiger kraal was inaugurated by M. Nanjundaswamy, chairman, Zoo Authority of Karnataka, on Friday. The new facility is expected to provide the feline beauties adequate space to move or laze around and get exposed to natural sunlight.
The facility was created following a directive from the Central Zoo Authority to provide kraals for tigers while advising the Mysore zoo to avoid exposure of feeding rooms to the public. Accordingly, Mysore zoo has unveiled four-day kraals in the rear end of the tiger house.
“As tigers enjoy the shade during the afternoon, the kraals have been constructed retaining the growth of trees,” said the zoo authorities.
The facility will help reduce fatigue in animals and improve their health by enabling tigers to move around and rest in natural conditions, according to B.P. Ravi, Executive Director of the zoo, who pointed out that natural surroundings and exposure to sunlight on a day-to-day basis enhances the longevity of animals in captive conditions.
The tiger house is one of Mysore zoo’s oldest structures, built during the reign of the Maharajas of Mysore. It houses nine tigers.
Prior to the construction of the kraal, the tigers were introduced to the paddock area on a rotational basis, because of which other tigers used to remain in the holding rooms for more than six days at a stretch without direct exposure to sunlight or the chance to spread their limbs.