Alipore zoo is set to welcome eight new guests by the end of this month. In an animal-exchange programme, the city zoo will get four wild dogs, two ring-tailed lemurs and two spot-billed pelicans from Vizag zoo.
Talking to TOI, zoo director Asish Kumar Samanta confirmed that the animals would arrive by the end of this month. “Once they arrive, we will first keep them in quarantine before taking a call on their display. Under this exchange programme, we send them two zebras, two monitor lizards and one marmoset,” Samanta added.
Asiatic wild dog is native to central, south and southeast Asia and is considered endangered on the IUCN Red List. The ring-tailed lemur, endemic to Madagascar, is an endangered species while the spot-billed pelican, a near threatened species, breeds in southern Asia.
On being asked about the display of the three cubs born to Asiatic lion Shruti, Samanta said the date would be finalised after talking to the member secretary of the state zoo authority.
Source: Times of India