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Kolkata zoo to get facelift, may bring in Siamese crocodile, green anaconda

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The state has taken up repair and maintenance work of Alipore zoo before reopening it to public once the Covid restrictions are lifted. The authorities are also planning to bring more animals under exchange programmes.

Among work that have either been lined up or undertaken are, renovation of pavements, which were damaged during Yaas, giving a natural touch and greener look to animal enclosures, installation of display boards giving scientific information and repairs of the railings and enclosures.

The officials are also planning to bring Indian one-horned rhino, green anaconda, king cobra and Siamese crocodile to the zoo. Siamese crocodile — a critically-endangered species — might either come from Madras Crocodile Bank Trust or Odisha’s Nandankanan, while the green anaconda and king cobra may be brought from Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. Member secretary of state zoo authority, Saurabh Chaudhuri, said: “Our honourable minister Jyotipriya Mullick had recently visited the zoo during which the plans were taken up. Besides, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) officials have already done an online review and are planning a physical visit shortly, before which we want to wrap up the renovation.”
According to him, the zoo will also keep squeeze cages inside every enclosure so that animals can be quarantined fast if they develop any Covid symptom. Chaudhuri said that display boards in front of every enclosure will have detailed scientific information not only about the species, but also about their habitat, diet, places they are found etc. “As per the CZA guidelines, we are creating a natural environment for the animals inside their enclosures and giving them a greener look,” he said, adding that more display boards were being installed to give visitors clear directions towards sections like primates, herbivores and carnivores.

“Three big trees had fallen on the day cyclone Yaas had struck, damaging a section of the pavements. While the trees had been restored, we are now repairing the pavements,” added Chaudhuri. On possible new arrivals, Chaudhuri said that it’s still at a planning stage. “We have initiated the process to submit a proposal to CZA and a final decision will be taken only after we get a clearance from them,” he added.

Source: Times of India

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