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Artificially bred peacocks to be released in wild soon

Peacock numbers in the wild have started to reduce, say officials


Some of the peacocks hatched through incubator available with veterinary college

About 80 peacock chicks have been artificially bred at the Nehru Zoological Park


PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

NUMBERS UP: Artificially bred peacocks at the Nehru Zoological Park.

HYDERABAD: About 80 peacock chicks, artificially bred at the Nehru Zoological Park, will soon find a home in the natural wild habit.

The Forest Department is likely to take a decision on which part of the State these birds are to be released in the next few days.

Nehru Zoo officials took up the exercise of preserve the peacock population, the national bird, using newer breeding procedures with eggs collected from different forest areas.

While some were hatched through incubator available with the veterinary college, others were hatched with the help of brooding hens.

“After hatching we are rearing them here at the zoo premises and preparing them for release in the wild,” says an official.

Though not endangered, the number of peacocks in the wild has started to reduce and its population was not growing as it should have

“In the wild also, most eggs get damaged before hatching. The threat is from various factors including human and animal predators,” says P. Bhaskar Reddy, Zoo Director.

A peacock when it senses danger, abandons its clutch and the eggs are left exposed to risk.

Even when they hatch, some fall prey to the animal predators, he explains.

The hatching process started here in August and the youngest of the peacock chick is three months and the eldest is around five months. Since they are considered ready to adapt to the natural environment, the officials have started scouting for suitable locations.

Impact assessment

An impact assessment has been taken up at different places including the forest area of Srisailam and Koundinya Sanctuary at Kuppam for releasing the chicks.

The months of February and March are considered as the right time for their release in the wild.

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