The ailing Deer Park at Hauz Khas has got a new lease of life with the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) giving it temporary recognition up to March 31, 2010.
The CZA had de-recognised the park in 2006, citing poor maintenance of the over-200 spotted deer housed in an enclosure far too small for their number. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which runs it, had been trying to restore the lost glory of the almost four-decade old Park.
With no control over breeding, the number of deer had swollen to 200-plus over years, which led to deteriorating hygiene. According to CZA norms, there can ideally be only 50 deer in the enclosure area of about 17 acres. The Park also has more than 100 rabbits and a few ducks.
"As the DDA authorities have promised to increase the area to house the 200-plus deer, we have decided to give them a chance," CZA member secretary BR Sharma said. “The temporary recognition would be reviewed after that for giving the final go ahead."
DDA officials said another 25 acres—the new area is adjacent to the existing enclosure —would be added to the 17 acres for the deer enclosure easily accommodate the number.