Friday, February 28, 2014

Lion Safari fails to impress Central Zoo Authority.

KANPUR: The Lion Safari project in Etawah received a fresh jolt. The shifting of four pairs of Asiatic lions from Lucknow and Kanpur zoos by February-end is likely to get delayed following objection by Central Zoo Authority (CZA).

Sources said work on the project with an aim to shift the four pairs of Asiatic lions from Kanpur and Lucknow zoos to the breeding centre at Lion Safari in Reserve Fisher forest area of Etawah is going on at a fast pace. However, a team of CZA, during a recent inspection of Lion Safari, expressed dissatisfaction over the way the plan of the project had been formulated and its ability in providing comfortable space for the royal beasts, particularly at the breeding centre and the security measures for safari animals.

A senior forest official said: "The CZA team during inspection found lack of space inside the enclosures at the breeding centre which will hamper the breeding among the lions. The CZA members also asked the officials to fill in the gap in the walls raised at the breeding centre so that the animal cannot escape and pose danger for visitors. Also, the team objected to the construction of wide drains meant for flushing out excreta of animals as it could pose danger and result into injuries to animals. It also instructed the officials to increase the size of the water tank being constructed for the animals at the breeding centre." The team inspected the paddock area (an open space) prepared for the animals. "It raised objections over the use of iron grills to cover the paddock and asked the authorities to fix steel grills which will not get rusted after coming in contact with moisture," the official added.

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