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Delhi zoo strives for achieving ‘model’ status

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Oct 23, 2017, 4:14 am IST
Updated : Oct 23, 2017, 4:14 am IST

The zoo is also part of the conservation breeding programmes of the Central Zoo Authority.

The recent procurement of a gas anaesthesia machine by the zoo, training workshop for veterinarians by US-based experts and many animal exchange programmes are some steps in this direction, said zoo director Renu Singh. 
 The recent procurement of a gas anaesthesia machine by the zoo, training workshop for veterinarians by US-based experts and many animal exchange programmes are some steps in this direction, said zoo director Renu Singh. 

New Delhi: The Delhi zoo, a favourite among children and adults alike, is taking active steps to develop its infrastructure and animal care paraphernalia to emerge as a “model” for other zoological parks of the country. 

The recent procurement of a gas anaesthesia machine by the zoo, training workshop for veterinarians by US-based experts and many animal exchange programmes are some steps in this direction, said zoo director Renu Singh. 

“We are working on a war footing to make Delhi zoo a model zoo. We recently procured crucial animal care equipment and have also initiated many animal exchange programmes. “We are also stepping up the park’s infrastructure,” she said. 

“We are striving to convert Delhi zoo into a model zoo so that other zoological parks of the country take a cue from here,” she added. Spread across 176 acres of land, the Delhi zoo is one of the most spacious zoological parks of the country. It is home to about 1,350 animals representing almost 130 species, apart from having a wide variety of indigenous and exotic birds. 

The zoo is also part of the conservation breeding programmes of the Central Zoo Authority. 

On being asked which animals will be brought to the zoo as part of the exchange programme, Ms Singh said, “We are hoping to bring in many animals, especially those we lack.” “But we hope to acquire an ostrich, kangaroos etc., soon,” she said. 

Talking about ‘model infrastructure’ in a zoological park, animal care expert Jessica Siegal-Willott said it is important for visitors to connect with animals and not just see them as exhibits. 

Jessica, who visited the Delhi zoo recently for a training workshop, said giving “demo talks” can be the first step in this regard. 

Tags: delhi zoo, animal exchange programme, children and adults
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi