Assam zoo to welcome new animals
GUWAHATI: Assam state zoo cum botanical garden in Guwahati is shortly going to welcome new animals including Zebras and white-winged wood ducks from different countries.
Assam Minister for environment and forest, Parimal Suklabaidya said, “Four zebras from Israel would be brought to the Assam state zoo, Guwahati in exchange for two black panthers. Further, four white-winged wood ducks (deo hah) will arrive from the Czech Republic.”
On Friday (June 11), minister Suklabaidya visited the Assam state zoo to check the health state of zookeepers and animals.
The zookeepers were appreciated and thanked by Suklabaidya who was accompanied by Principal Chief Conservator of forest (wildlife) Dr. Amit Sahai and Divisional forest officer (State Zoo) Tejas Mariswamy for taking care of the animals during the dreadful pandemic. Previously, 11 zookeepers tested positive for covid-19, among which, one is presently recovered and is kept in isolation.
Suklabaidya informed, “As of now, not a single animal is being affected by the disease and all the animals and birds are healthy and in good spirits.”
Animals like rhino, deer, nilgai and blackbucks nosh daily on fresh grass that is being grown for the herbivores in the hydroponic system, stated the minister.
Since April 28, 2021, the state zoo had been bunged for visitors due to the pandemic. Even though, he mentioned that there is no increase in the cash registers, there seem to be no instant plans to reopen the zoo for the better concern of the animals as well as zookeepers. Suklabaidya emphasized, “There are no immediate plans to open the zoo till the COVID situation turns to normal.”