Avian flu keeps Delhi off zoo exchange
By Siddhanta Mishra | Published: 04th March 2017 11:22 PM |
NEW DELHI: The National Zoological Park, Delhi, seems to have been left out from the zoo exchange programme—under which surplus animals are exchanged among the zoos across India—as its request for animals sent last year has failed to get any response.
Zoo curator Riyaz Khan said, “The zoo had sent a request for a male Rhino to Kanpur zoo in December last year, and for an Ostrich to Trivandrum zoo in September 2016. Requests were also put forward for Zebra and Giraffe.”
The zoo was closed last year following avian flu outbreak that claimed lives of 14 birds.
“The zoo suffered losses worth `1 crore between October, 2016 and January 10, 2017,” Khan said.
A gardener told that enclosures of Giraffe, Zebra, and Kangaroo have been lying empty for the past one year after these animals died of illness.
Now that the zoo has been opened, people have started coming again. “But, they get disappointed as there is hardly any attraction except the White and Royal Bengal Tiger. Other zoos are reluctant in exchanging their animals after the spread of avian flu,” said a zoo official.
Central Zoo Authority member secretary D N Singh said, “All matters pertaining to Delhi Zoo are taken care of by the Ministry of Environment.”