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Mysore zoo awaits approval for master plan

Shankar Bennur
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CZA wants to bring uniform guidelines for display of animals

Once the Master Plan 2020 gets cleared, the zoo has to rearrange its display of animals and birds in a thematic manner.— file PHOTO
Once the Master Plan 2020 gets cleared, the zoo has to rearrange its display of animals and birds in a thematic manner.— file PHOTO

The first ever master plan of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden or Mysore zoo is before the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZA) for approval and the zoo management is hoping to get a nod in a week’s time.

Once the Master Plan 2020 gets cleared, the zoo has to rearrange its display of animals and birds in a thematic manner (not the existing type) so that it will educate visitors on the protection and conservation of wildlife.

The master plan mainly comprises the layout of display sections in accordance to the pre-approved themes. This means, the zoo has to focus on the layout with theme-wise display of animals and birds, redesigning and enriching the enclosures.

With the focus on Indian animals since Nagarahole and Bandipur national parks are located in the region, animals of Indian origin, animals particularly from northeastern States, from the African continent, aquatic animals, reptiles and birds would be displayed theme-wise. Mega carnivores such as tigers, lions and leopards would be displayed in a hub of enclosures so that they can be seen at one place.

Disclosing the details to The Hindu , Zoo Executive Director B.P. Ravi said the zoo was awaiting approval which is before the CZA’s technical committee. The modifications to the draft plan layout will be done over the years. “We might get grants from the CZA for this, but most of it has to be done by ourselves,” he said. The concept of preparing a master plan evolved in 2005 and a final draft had been submitted after making modifications to the draft plan on the advice of the CZA members who visited the zoo on several occasions.

“It is the zoo’s first master plan,” Mr. Ravi said, adding the CZA wanted to bring uniform guidelines for display and therefore the Indian zoos, mostly the medium and major ones, are getting their master plans ready. Darjeeling zoo and Nandankanan zoo are implementing their master plans too, he added.

The Mysore zoo master plan is for a period of 10 years. Exotic bird species housed at the zoo will be moved to Karanji Lake Nature Park which is part of the zoo, he said.

The Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre of Wild Animals, the Indian Gaur Conservation Breeding Centre and the Conservation Centre for Indian Wolves, Dholes and Lion-tailed Macaque have also been included in the plan.

“Though they have been proposed at Koorgalli village near Yelwal here, they are still part of the master plan as there is no space available on the zoo premises for accommodating the facilities,” he said.

Mr. Ravi said the land allotted to the zoo at Koorgalli will have facilities as they require sufficient space for carrying out activities. “There are many issues on the conservation part. We can confine our conservation activities equipping the facilities with necessary infrastructure.”

In the case of rescued wild animals, the zoo cannot keep them for a longer period. The rescued animals need independent space for their rehabilitation under natural conditions, he added.


  • The idea is to educate visitors on the protection and conservation of wildlife

  • Darjeeling zoo and Nandankanan zoo are also implementing their master plans


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