ANDHRA PRADESH

White tigers for Vizag zoo

VISAKHAPATNAM JULY 3. The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park here will soon have two new attractions -- two white tigers and a nocturnal animal shelter -- to improve patronage by visitors, said the Curator of the zoo, Shanti Priya Pandey, who assumed charge on Tuesday.

The signages in the zoo need to be made more prominent and basic amenities for the visitors improved a lot, she said at a press conference here on Wednesday. "Aesthetical and layout-wise one of the best zoos in the country was not able to attract many visitors who had become the main source of revenue,'' she said. ``The feed-back from the visitors points out lack of number of species of animals, which will be to some extent fulfilled by procuring two white tigers from Nehru Zoological Park at Hyderabad and with the completion of the Nocturnal Animal Shelter some new varieties would also be procured soon,'' she said.

The biological clock of those species of animals would be reversed within the special enclosure for them so that visitors during day time could watch their behaviour and activities. An additional fee would be charged for entry into the enclosure as soon as it becomes operational, she added.

Out of the 62 acres of land earmarked for Dolphin Park, 42 acres would be handed over back to the Department of Tourism as the project could not come up due lack of funds.The assistant curator, K. Ravindranath, who took over as in-charge of the Animal Rescue Centre two weeks ago, said release of funds for the animals housed there from Central Zoo Authority were getting delayed and their feed expenses were being met from the Zoo funds temporarily.

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