Himanshu Kaushik | TNN | Updated: Dec 19, 2016, 10.55 AM IST
The red-necked wallabies and caracals were received in exchange of the Asiatic lion Jamvan, and two lionesses Ginni and Suchi.
The Prague Zoo website states that "Three pure-blooded Asiatic lions, Jamvan the lion and two lionesses, Ginni and Suchi, are the pride of Prague Zoo. They came to Prague from the Indian state of Gujarat in autumn 2015 as the very first Asiatic lions in the last two decades to be successfully brought to Europe directly from their homeland."
Chief conservator of forest, A P Singh, said that another three pairs of rare birds will also arrive in Junagadh soon. "The caracal was needed for research, we have caracal in Kutch but there are less than six pairs left and hence getting them for the zoo was difficult. For research, this exchange will be helpful," said Singh.
The animals according to CCF officials were transported based on the guidelines of the central zoo authority of India and were sedated during travel.
Officials said that the consignment arrived late in the night at the Sardar Patel International Airport Ahmedabad and were then transported to Junagadh by road. Their cages were covered to minimize disturbance due to light and movement of the truck. A detailed protocol of their food timings have also been sent along with these animals.
The officials said that it was in December 2014 that the Czech government had sought some lions from the central government for its zoo. The CZAI had sent the file to Gujarat, because, under the Wildlife Protection Act, the permission of the chief wildlife warden was required. Officials said the state's chief wildlife warden and then chief minister, Anandiben Patel, had approved the proposal.