Pune’s Katraj zoo installs foggers, sprinklers and coolers for animals
Adequate cooling systems are in place to help the animals beat the heatUpdated: May 02, 2019, 14:10 IST
To protect animals in enclosures from the scorching heat and rising maximum temperatures, authorities at the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park in Katraj have introduced a slew of measures. Extra foggers, sprinklers and water coolers have been placed in all the enclosures and outdoor areas for the animals this year.
“We have adequate cooling systems in place to help the animals beat the heat. We have foggers, sprinklers as well as water coolers in the enclosures for tigers, lions and leopards. We have enough water to help keep them cool even in this heat,” said Rajkumar Jadhav, director, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
“The zoo keepers maintain a close watch and alert us if the animals are restless or feeling uncomfortable. In the tiger enclosure, where there nine of them, we have to especially use foggers as well as water coolers to maintain their body temperatures,” he added.
“The sprinklers are used to maintain the atmospheric temperature in the snake enclosure as these animals are cold blooded and need a cool atmosphere. Besides this, we have ample greenery as well as a lake here, which reduce the effect of the scorching sun and rising mercury,” said Jadhav.
With school vacations currently underway, children were seen observing animals enjoying the foggers and sprinklers. Sonal Gaikwad visited the zoo along with her two-and-a-half-year old son Riyaansh, who couldn’t contain his excitement when he saw a golden spotted deer cooling under the sprinklers.