KARNATAKA

Steps taken to prevent water contamination at Mysore zoo

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: A day after the deluge at the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens here, zoo authorities initiated steps to control the outbreak of diseases and prevent contamination of water supplied to animal enclosures. The Mysore zoo was flooded on Sunday after the Karanji lake overflowed. Several animal enclosures were marooned in the floodwaters.

Speaking to The Hindu , Executive Director of the zoo Manoj Kumar said that the animals are being given nutrient supplements to prevent diseases. He added that all the animals were vaccinated according to schedule before the flooding took place. He said that nutrient supplements including vitamins and minerals are being provided to animals as they are suffering from extreme stress from Saturday evening. The supplements will help the animals cope with the situation, he added.

Mr. Kumar said that steps are also being taken to prevent water contamination. He said the animals are being kept under observation so that the authorities can immediately detect any change in their health condition. He said that only 10 per cent of the animals at the zoo were affected due to flooding, and by and large other animals were not affected.

He said that floodwaters had gushed into five enclosures housing Indian gaurs, sambars, nilgai, African black rhino and reptiles. The authorities will start removing the debris of the eight-foot wall near the bison enclosures that caved in due to the impact of the floodwaters on Saturday night. They will begin the construction of a new wall on Tuesday, he added.

The authorities are also busy drafting an estimate to take up work on the storm-water drain that passes through the Mysore zoo. Mr. Kumar said that the work will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 70 lakhs to Rs. 80 lakhs. A report in this regard will be submitted to the Government soon.

Chief Wildlife Warden and PCCF (Wildlife) A.K. Verma visited the Mysore zoo on Monday evening to assess the situation. He also visited the Karanji lake that had overflowed causing extensive damage to the zoo. Mr. Kumar also said that Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh is likely to visit the Mysore zoo on Tuesday.

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