Monday, January 20, 2014

Lion Safari gets its first veterinary doctor.

Abhinav Malhotra, TNN Jan 17, 2014, 02.11AM IST
KANPUR: A permanent veterinary officer from animal husbandry department has been deputed for Asiatic lions at for Lion Safari. The newly appointed veterinary officer, Dr Kuldeep Dwivedi arrived at Kanpur Zoo on a two-day visit on Wednesday.
He is the first veterinary officer to be posted in Lion Safari. During his two day visit, Dr Kuldeep went around the zoo and saw the lions. The pair of Asiatic lions which are a centre of attraction for chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also are likely to be transferred to Lion Safari soon.
Dr Kuldeep also met zoo veterinarians RK Singh and UC Srivastava. Talking to TOI, Dr Kuldeep Dwivedi said that he had come to the zoo to take note of the regular work.
"My plans for Lion Safari include disinfecting the safari area, conducting fogging, testing ground water and soil. Other sources of contamination will also be checked. Rodent and termite control measures will also be taken to ensure safety of the Asiatic lions," said Dr Dwivedi. He added that all these measures will be taken up in three separate phases.
He also mentioned that in next two days, he would be handing over the list of the works to the director. When questioned to him about the possibility of transfer of lions to Lion Safari from Kanpur zoo, Dr Kuldeep said that this was not known to him. The Kanpur zoo administration on the other hand mentioned that the preparations from the side of the zoo regarding the transfer of the lions is complete and it will take place after receiving instructions from the government. The preparations at the zoo for shifting of lions is almost complete.

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