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They arrived from Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai
Tourists holidaying in Mysore may get to see new
species of animals and birds, which were added to the existing
collection at the century-old zoo.
Animals and birds
arrived here on Wednesday from the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in
Chennai, one of the biggest Indian zoos, under an animal exchange
Thanks to the Dasara vacation, the zoo here is witnessing heavy rush and the new arrivals can be a treat to watch.
male and two female Nilgiri langurs; two male and two female
reticulated pythons, and two male peacocks arrived from the zoo in
Chennai here on Wednesday. The exchange of animals between two major
Indian zoos was approved by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) recently.
Conservator of Forests and Mysore zoo Executive Director B.P. Ravi said
the zoo has agreed to handover five species of animals and birds to the
Arignar zoo as part of the exchange programme.
male and two female black swans; a male Indian grey wolf; a pair of
red-necked wallaby; two male and one female Brow antlered deer, and a
female swamp deer would be transported soon to the Chennai zoo, Mr. Ravi
As part of the exchange deal, another male Indian grey wolf will be given later to the Arignar zoo, he said.
to be critically-endangered species, Indian grey wolves had been
classified under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 because
of their rapidly depleting numbers. The Indian Grey Wolves are at
present found in Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The numbers of
grey wolves are said to be declining though there is no accurate and
authentic data on the number of wolves in the country, according to
Rani, a female Indian grey wolf, gave birth
to five pups in December last year. Importantly, it gave birth to the
pups in the artificial den, which was created by the zoo authorities to
boost captive breeding of wolves. Mysore zoo has emerged as one of the
country’s key centres for conservation of endangered species.
Coordinated efforts by the zoo’s animal and veterinary wings have led to
the success of its captive breeding programme. It took several measures
to ensure breeding of Indian grey wolves.
had approached Sakkarbaug zoo at Junagadh, Gujarat, to spare a female
lion under an animal exchange programme in exchange for grey wolves and
other animals to rejuvenate its breeding plans. The Mysore zoo had
Asiatic lions in 1989, but they could not breed and did not survive.
Thanks to the Sakkarbaug zoo, the zoo could display after 21 years a
pair of pure-breed Asiatic lions. The Asiatic lions in captivity are
said to be found only in Gujarat, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mysore. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/mysore-zoo-gets-new-residents/article6482268.ece