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Tirupati Zoo asked to exchange animals

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Zoo authorities told to get animals such as giraffe, zebra and water-horse

A special enclosure for nocturnal animals is to be developed on campus


— Photo: K.V. Poornachadra Kumar

New home: Emu birds in their new enclosure at the S.V. Zoological Park, Tirupati.

TIRUPATI: Hitesh Malhotra, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wild Life Warden, Andhra Pradesh has suggested that the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, Tirupati could explore the possibilities of exchanging with other international and national sanctuaries the animals whose population has increased sizeably in the zoo due to their active breeding. He cited in this connection animals like panthers, bears, jackals and porcupines whose presence in the Tirupati Zoo has multiplied significantly in the recent times.

It was in this context that Malhotra advised the zoo authorities to try to exchange them for other animals such as giraffe, zebra and water-horse which are either totally absent or not aplenty in the Tirupati zoo.

He was of the view that such an exchange between the sanctuaries would, besides ensuring the dispersal of animals, also make them attractive from the point of view of animal enthusiasts.

New enclosure

He was on a visit to the Tirupati zoo to formally declare open the new enclosure developed for the Emu birds in the sprawling sanctuary skirting the Tirumala hill ranges.

He said that, at the instance of the Central Zoo Authority(CZA), breeding of wild fowls would get underway from the Tirupati zoo and he pointed out that a special enclosure for nocturnal animals also would be developed on campus.

You must ready your perspective plan for the next twenty years, he advised the zoo authorities who accompanied him in his stroll round the campus.

He favoured more moats being developed in the zoo to house a greater number of elephants, black panthers, Himalayan bears etc and make it more attractive.

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