Monday, October 31, 2016

Mysuru Zoo awaiting permission to transfer lions from Gujarat


| Updated: Oct 27, 2016, 13:48 IST
Mysuru: Mysuru Zoo, which is planning in-captive breeding of lions, is awaiting approval from Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to transfer a lion from Gujarat

A Gujarat zoo had recently given consent to spare one of its big cats to Mysuru Zoo, which currently has three lionesses and a lion. It had recently received a lioness, Anitha, from Sakkarbaug Zoo in Gujarat.

The awaited Afro-Asiatic lion Shaurya will be brought from Rajkot, following which, breeding would be initiated.

Mysuru Zoo Executive Director K Kamala confirmed to TOI that they are awaiting nod from CZA to receive the lion under animal exchange programme. "The zoo used to breed lions some time ago and we are hoping to do it again."

To celebrate 125th year

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well done. hope they breedyash

The zoo, which is one of the oldest in India, is planning grand celebrations to mark its 125th anniversary, from March next year. It was established in 1892, during the period of then Maharaja of Mysuru — Chamarajendra Wadiyar. Nearly two decades later, the zoo was named after its founder — Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.

Though initially opened in a area of 11 acres, the zoo today spans across 80 acres.

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