The government on Monday announced that setting up of a Centre for Zoo Sciences to assist recognised zoos in their management and upkeep of wildlife animals.
Environment minister Prakash Javadekar made the announcement while inaugurating the 69th conference of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums said it will have facilities for teaching, research, experiments and sharing of ideas like universities.
The proposed centre will act as a Technical Advisor to the Central Zoo Authority and provide expert help to the states and Union Territories in 'ex-situ' conservation breeding of endangered species.
It is envisaged to function as a referral centre for captive wild animal housing, zoo designing, master planning, disease diagnosis, visitor facilitations, marketing and other related issues for all the zoos in the country as well as for the zoos of the South Asia, environment ministry officials said.
Training courses for in service zoo personnel and stakeholders in India as well as for zoo personnel of South Asian countries will be organised at the center.
There will be facilities to conduct applied and field research in 'ex-situ' wildlife conservation and maintenance of "long-term National Studbooks for endangered species in Indian zoos in the proposed center," officials said.
Out of 183 zoos refused recognition, 92 have been closed down and their animals relocated suitably. Cases of the remaining 91 derecognised zoos are currently under review, officials said.