Zoo director V Karunapriya, who was monitoring all the safety measures, told The New Indian Express that the zoo can accommodate 7,000 visitors at a given time while ensuring social distancing
Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), popularly known as Vandalur Zoo, will be reopening later this week as the State government relaxed lockdown curbs.
The Vandalur zoo had sent nasal and rectal swab samples of three Covid-positive lions for retesting on July 9 to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal.
Bheeshma, a 16-year-old white tiger, died of prolonged illness in Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur Zoo), on Tuesday.
The tiger tested negative for both Covid-19 and Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), which caused havoc in the zoological park recently
So far, two lions have tested positive for CDV -- 9-year-old lioness Neela and 19-year-old Raghav
All the tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests will be kept under surveillance and random testing will be carried out.
A male lion named Pathbanathan, 12, housed in the Lion Safari area of the Arignar Anna Zoological Park died at 10:15 am
Sources told Express that all samples were leaking, and despite best efforts by CCMB scientists, they could not be used.
The mother and baby are healthy and under continuous monitoring of the veterinary team. The Vandalur Zoo had received a pair of chimpanzees from the Singapore Zoo on October 1, 2005.
CDV can be lethal with a fatality rate of 50 per cent in adult and 80 per cent in young animals.
A team of doctors from the Tamil Nadu Veterinary University and in house Veterinarians are continuously monitoring and treating the animals as per the protocol.
COVID-19: Asiatic lioness succumbs, two critical as Chennai's Vandalur Zoo reports India's first confirmed animal death
All the lions which have tested positive are under close observation and on a prescribed treatment regimen by the in-house veterinary team in close co-ordination with the expert team from TANUVAS
Following reports of eight Asiatic lions in a Hyderabad zoo testing positive for Covid-19, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur is on high alert.
As a precautionary measure, faeces samples are being collected and will be sent to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) to conduct COVID tests, said Zoo director Debasis Jana