Blackbucks, Nilgais released into the wild

August 21, 2013 11:49 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 09:29 pm IST - HYDERABAD:

The Nehru Zoological Park has shifted nine blackbucks to Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park on the city outskirts and seven nilgai to Kawal Tiger Reserve in Adilabad district.

Earlier, on August 1, the zoo had also shifted eight male and 12 female blackbucks to Extension-four of Mahavir Vanasthali National Park.

Zoo officials said since the population of some herbivore species had turned excess, the process of trans-locating them to different wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves in the State was taken up.

The exercise is part of the zoo’s move to translocate excessive herbivores from its premises.

After conservation breeding of wild animals in the zoo, they are released into their natural habitat in various wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and tiger reserves.

In the next few weeks, the zoo has proposed shifting more animals, including 20 sambar, 12 nilgai, 200 spotted deer and 10 blackbucks to Nagarjuna Sagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve and Kawal Tiger Reserve.

Under the animal adoption scheme, one of the zoo's animals was adopted on Wednesday. Priya Dey, Head Business Development, IT Global Services, has adopted a panther on the occasion of her mother’s birthday and handed over a cheque for Rs.25,000 to the zoo authorities on Wednesday, a press note said.

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