Chhatbir Zoological Park would welcome at least 12 new animals and birds this monsoon in exchange of two Gaurs (the Indian Bison), with the Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Among the newcomers include four each of water monitor lizards, four-horned antilopes (chowsingha) and white Ibis (birds).
Manish Kumar, zoo field director, said, "The proposal is in its final stages and once approved, these animals and birds would be transferred here in the next four months. We also have other plans but this project, of exchanging animals with Nandankanan Zoo, is in its final stage."
The zoo here already has four chowsinghas and Ibis each and with the new animals and birds, the total number would go to eight for each. However, water monitor lizard would be a new addition to the reptiles' category.
Harpal Singh, block officer of the zoo, said, "Moving the reptiles here in the summer would be comfortable for them. We are trying to speed up the process and once through by monsoon, people would have new attractions to see here at the zoo."
With summer at its peak, the zoo authorities are working to make zoo visits more comfortable for people. The authorities informed that permanent entry points are being increased so that visitors don't have to queue up to get entry tickets and all the water points in the zoo are also being renovated.
"We have maximum rush during summer when drinking water becomes an issue. We are not only renovating the drinking water facilities but are also increasing their capacity,"added Kumar.
Electricity major concern
Frequent power cuts for long hours have become a major concern for the zoo authorities. They say they have repeatedly written to the electricity department to ensure uninterrupted power supply, which is regularly required by several animals that need coolers and fans. Power outage has resulted in many animals getting irritated, putting their lives at stake.