Close on the heels of more than 30 black bucks killed by stray dogs at Kanpur zoo, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has asked zoos to follow guidelines for cages and enclosure to avoid repeat incidents.
The CZA, a regulatory body for all zoos in India, has warned zoo administrations that in extreme cases of laxity, their zoo’s recognition would be at stake.
The black buck (antelope cervicapra), an antelope species native to India, is protected under schedule (I) of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 and classified as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Earlier, in April 2012, as many as 29 black bucks had died in a stampede when stray dogs barged into their enclosure at Deer Park at Bhatinda. In January 2012, stray dogs had killed four chinkaras at the National Zoological Park, Delhi.
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has called for an explanation from principal chief conservator of forest (wild life) Roopak Day after the incident.