Coolers, special diet at Jaipur zoo

With the sun getting harsher, animals and birds at zoo are set to enjoy a special menu including cucumber, watermelon, grapes and oranges.
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Updated on Mar 29, 2007 11:04 AM IST
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IANS | By, Jaipur

With the sun getting harsher, animals and birds at Jaipur's zoo are set to enjoy water coolers and fountains besides special menu including cucumber, watermelon, grapes and oranges.

"Coolers and false grass roofs are going to be put up in most cages to protect the animals from the scorching heat. Two new fountains are being installed in the tiger and panther cages," said one official.

Fifteen old coolers and five fountains lying unused in other cages would be repaired soon and put to use too.

"In Rajasthan, where dry winds and cloudless skies add to the furnace, it becomes very difficult for the animals in the zoo to fight the heat as many are originally from colder climes. So we have explored methods to protect them from the intense heat wave," the official said.

He added that special care would be taken of animals with heavy fur such as bears, they will get bigger coolers.

Animals like deer would be provided with special water fountains and artificial waterfalls in their cages.

For the monkeys and bears, sprinklers and sunshades made of natural reeds have been installed.

"We have put up 'khas' (a cooling grass) in the living areas of other animals. In the open cages we plan to give the animals regular showers to help them beat the heat," the official added.

He said that in a bid to meet water shortage, new boring was being carried out at a cost of Rs 500,000.

Installation of fountains and water coolers would be carried out after the boring work is complete.

While deer would be given cucumber and watermelon, the birds would get grapes and oranges in their menu. Vitamins and electrolytes were being added to the food and drinking water to prevent dehydration.

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