Visakhapatnam

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park to have new animals soon

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park officials are in talks with Mysuru zoo to bring in two female tigers.

Indira Gandhi Zoological Park officials are in talks with Mysuru zoo to bring in two female tigers.  

Proposals have been sent to Gujarat and Karnataka, says curator

The visitors of the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) will get to see more new species soon as the officials have chalked out plans to procure those from various zoos as part of the animal exchange programmes this year.

According to the zoo officials, proposals have been sent, seeking a pair of Asiatic lion (pure breed) from Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden at Junagadh in Gujarat, a pair of wolves from Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysuru. At present, the city zoo have no wolf and the officials opine that the pair to be procured could help increase in the number of species through in-house breeding.

“We have already sent proposals to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for the animals exchange programme. After getting the approvals, we can go ahead with the exchange of animals and their transportation,” IGZP Curator R. Yasoda Bai said.

Karnataka seeks time

Meanwhile, the zoo officials are also in talks with the Mysuru zoo to bring in two female tigers. It is learnt that the Karnataka officials have sought some more time to respond. The city zoo has four tigers including two female ones. At present, the IGZP, extending over 620 acres, is home to 841 animals belonging to 82 species.

In December last year, the zoo welcomed new inmates including two male Royal Bengal Tigers, two mugger crocodiles (a male and a female) and five red jungle fowls (three males and two females), as part of the animal exchange programme from Pilukula Biological Park at Manguluru in Karnataka. In return, the IGZP had sent four wild dogs, five painted storks to the Karnataka zoo. “The tigers are under observation at Animal Rescue Centre and those will be sent to the enclosures in the next two months,” Ms. Yasodha Bhai added.

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