Sunday, February 28, 2016

UK experts to train Etawah lion safari staff.

TNN | Feb 16, 2016, 08.49 AM IST
Kanpur: A two-member team from Longleat Safari Park of the UK arrived at Lion safari in Etawah on Monday to impart training to the employees on management of Asiatic lions.
The state government had sought expert help from Britain for better upkeep of lions at the Etawah Lion Safari after the recent death of eight big cats -three adults (a lion and two lionesses) and five cubs.
A decision regarding ex pert help was taken following an MoU with Longleat Enterprises, UK and Lion Safari, Etawah during a meeting between chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and veterinary director of Longleat Enterprises Jonathan Cracknel in January.

Safari director Sanjay Srivastava said, "Mark Kingston and Christopher John from Longleat Safari Park of the UK will impart skill training and knowledge to around 30 staffers of the safari, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah zoo of Lucknow and Kanpur zoo about animal management, particularly big cats. The workshop, which begain on Monday, will continue till February 19."

"The two experts offered a training course to lion safari staff, which focuses on animal enrichment and management of big cats in captivity. We are sure that the five-day session, which is a first of its kind initiative by any zoo or safari in the country, will bring about a recognizable change in the safari," Rupak De, principal chief conservator of forests, told TOI.

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