In a shocking incident, at least eight Asiatic lions in Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park have contracted the COVID-19. Reportedly, the zoo officials observed COVID-like symptoms in the lions and conducted an RT-PCR test after which the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology on April 29 confirmed about the positive results. Meanwhile, zoo director Dr Siddhanand Kukrety said, "The lions are doing well." This is the first such case in… read-more
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Delhi’s National Zoological Park on April 1 witnessed over 1600 visitors as it reopened after being shut for almost a year due to the pandemic. Zoo director Ramesh Pandey informed that 483 tickets worth Rs 1.18 lakh were sold as the visitors came in two shifts. Ensuring social distancing and opening more entry points, the officials are also assessing captive animals' reactions on seeing people after over a year.
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In what could be called a peculiar move, Asia's richest 'The Ambanis' family are planning to set up the world's biggest zoo in Gujarat. With Komodo dragons, cheetahs and birds, the venture is slated to open in 2023. Moreover, the zoo premises includes a rescue centre to support the local government. While a Reliance group official confirmed the move, the cost involved in the project is not revealed.
Reliance Industries is planning to build the world’s largest zoo in Gujarat's Jamnagar district. The ambitious project of Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani will be built near the world’s largest oil refinery owned by the RIL. With all the approvals already been secured, the 280-acre project is expected to be completed in two years. Named as ‘Greens Zoological, Rescue & Rehabilitation Kingdom’, the zoo will house about 100 species of… read-more
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India's most popular and the only chimpanzee in the Hyderabad zoo, Suzi, succumbed to a heart-stroke on November 12. The 34-year-old was one among the few chimps left in Indian zoos and was widely popular among the zookeepers and visitors. An autopsy report revealed that the chimp's lungs and heart had failed, which lead to a stroke. Interestingly, Suzi was once a pet of the Sahara group's owner Subrata Roy.
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Environment Ministry is looking to revitalise 160 zoos across the country through public-private partnership (PPP). Minister Prakash Javadekar said a policy is likely to be announced in the upcoming Union budget. Reportedly, Indian zoos get a small fraction of Rs 12 crore budget given to Central Zoo Authority, which supervises zoological parks. Javadekar also released the economic evaluation report of Delhi Zoo, which showed contributions… read-more
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