The Delhi zoo is set to bring in 10 different species as part of an exchange programme. These species will include rhinoceros, crocodiles, and a tigress from other states. The zoological park will add ten more species to the 83 existing species.
The zoo will bring a pair of chinkara (Indian gazelles) from Chandigarh’s Chhatbir zoo. The only living chinkara in Delhi zoo died on June 14, 2019. The park is also making efforts to bring in ostriches from Kanpur, a tigress from Uttar Pradesh and a rhino from Patna. The central authorities have written to CMs of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
There are plans to bring in gharials and crocodiles from Lucknow and the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust are also on. Wild boar and pheasants may also be added to the zoo. The zoo doesn’t have a single giraffe or zebra. Apart from all this addition, efforts are being made to send a few herbivores into the wild again. They include the blackbuck, sambar, nilgai and spotted dear to reduce the number of animal deaths.
While speaking to Business Today, Zoo director Ramesh Pandey stated that around 65 animals have died in the last six months.