GUWAHATI, March 5 - The exchange programme to bring a Royal Bengal tiger from Mysore Zoo to the State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden began today.
The State Zoo is giving two leopard cats, four barking deer, two Sangai deer, four pelicans, two four-horned antelopes and two brahminy shell ducks to Mysore Zoo as part of the exchange programme.
�Tomorrow at 6 am the animals are leaving Assam for Mysore. From Mysore they will start on March 9 and reach here on March 12 morning by train,� Zoo DFO Tejas Mariswamy said.
A Mysore Zoo team and their doctor were in the State today. Two black bucks and as many common peafowls are also expected to accompany the male Royal Bengal tiger from Mysore Zoo.
The male tiger at Mysore, �Dhanush�, is five years of age. There are four female tigers at the zoo here at present, two of them white. The State Zoo authorities are planning to breed the tigers.
Plans are also afoot to get a couple of crocodiles from Kanpur and a female capped langur from Nagaland. Currently, there are around 1,100 inmates in the zoo. On January 1 this year, the zoo had witnessed 15,174 visitors and the revenue earned on that day was Rs 4.37 lakh.