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Rs 32.68 cr face lift for Sipahijala Zoo

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, July 17 � Wild animals caged in Sipahijala Zoological Park will get new homes with the authority mulling to give them open enclosures.

As of now, the State�s lone zoological park is home to 547 animals of 51 species, out of which 33 species have been identified as rare and endangered.

Though there was no major problem in accommodating animals at the Park, the Centre following a request from the State Government has approved a master plan to face-lift the North East�s one of the most attractive zoological park.

The Rs 32.68 crore master plan will provide better accommodation facilities, healthcare, conservation and research, said Ajit Kumar Bhomik, Director of Sipahijala Zoological Park here on Tuesday.

�The way animals are being caged there is not at par with the national standard. If the master plan is implemented, animals will get open enclosure to grow and sustain for long time�, he said adding that the lay out for the open-air enclosures would be approved within a month.

The master plan is not only focused on the creation of facilities at the park, it also emphasizses on induction of new animals. As per the master plan, the number of species should be increased from 51 to 83 within the next ten years, he said.

The female Sambar, which was eagerly waiting for a companion, has finally got her partner. On July 12, the Park authority received a male Sambar from Patna Zoological Park under animal exchange programme. Earlier, one pair of clouded leopard cats was given to the Patna Zoological Park.

According to Bhowmik, process to bring animals like lions, giraffe and zebra is in the pipeline. �One pair of lions will be brought from Sekkard Zoological Park in Gujarat in exchange of one pair of clouded leopard�, he said. Currently one pair of lion is on the brink of death due to old-age related ailment.

In fact, the zoo authority had stopped breeding of lions at Sipahijala way back in 1995 following instruction from the Central Zoo Authority. However, this will be resumed after getting two lions from the Sekkard Zoological Park.

Bhowmik said, �We were ready to bring one Giraffe from Kolkata Zoological Park but could not due to Central Government�s guideline that single animal can�t be shifted to a new location�. Now, the authority is searching for a pair of Giraffes to bring them to Sipahijala.

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Rs 32.68 cr face lift for Sipahijala Zoo

AGARTALA, July 17 � Wild animals caged in Sipahijala Zoological Park will get new homes with the authority mulling to give them open enclosures.

As of now, the State�s lone zoological park is home to 547 animals of 51 species, out of which 33 species have been identified as rare and endangered.

Though there was no major problem in accommodating animals at the Park, the Centre following a request from the State Government has approved a master plan to face-lift the North East�s one of the most attractive zoological park.

The Rs 32.68 crore master plan will provide better accommodation facilities, healthcare, conservation and research, said Ajit Kumar Bhomik, Director of Sipahijala Zoological Park here on Tuesday.

�The way animals are being caged there is not at par with the national standard. If the master plan is implemented, animals will get open enclosure to grow and sustain for long time�, he said adding that the lay out for the open-air enclosures would be approved within a month.

The master plan is not only focused on the creation of facilities at the park, it also emphasizses on induction of new animals. As per the master plan, the number of species should be increased from 51 to 83 within the next ten years, he said.

The female Sambar, which was eagerly waiting for a companion, has finally got her partner. On July 12, the Park authority received a male Sambar from Patna Zoological Park under animal exchange programme. Earlier, one pair of clouded leopard cats was given to the Patna Zoological Park.

According to Bhowmik, process to bring animals like lions, giraffe and zebra is in the pipeline. �One pair of lions will be brought from Sekkard Zoological Park in Gujarat in exchange of one pair of clouded leopard�, he said. Currently one pair of lion is on the brink of death due to old-age related ailment.

In fact, the zoo authority had stopped breeding of lions at Sipahijala way back in 1995 following instruction from the Central Zoo Authority. However, this will be resumed after getting two lions from the Sekkard Zoological Park.

Bhowmik said, �We were ready to bring one Giraffe from Kolkata Zoological Park but could not due to Central Government�s guideline that single animal can�t be shifted to a new location�. Now, the authority is searching for a pair of Giraffes to bring them to Sipahijala.