Center report raises concern over animal care in Jharkhand Zoo
Concerns have been raised over the care of the animals housed in the Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park here, the largest and most visited zoo in Jharkhand, after it failed to place in the top 10 in a ranking prepared by a central government agency.
Spread over 104 hectares in area in the Ormanjhi area of Ranchi, the biological park was awarded the 17th position among 23 middle-class zoos in the country in the first Management Effectiveness Evaluation Report (MEE-ZOO), which was recently published.
Jharkhand has two other zoos – Tata Steel Zoological Park in Jamshedpur and Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park in Bokaro. They secured the 11th and 15th positions respectively on the list.
“Animal health is compromised at Birsa Zoo. There is only one veterinarian for the whole zoo. There is no veterinary assistant or pathologist. If the regular vet is training or leaving, there is no one to look after the animals,” DS Srivastava, a former member of the state wildlife council, told PTI.
Ranchi Zoo has around 1,450 animals from 83 species of mammals, reptiles and birds.
A few months ago, all of the zoo’s foxes died from a viral infection, Srivastava said.
All seven foxes at the zoo have died of the highly contagious canine distemper virus (CDV) in the space of about a month since the first week of March.
The report prepared by the Central Zoo Authority also raised several issues regarding Birsa Zoo such as lack of master plan, disaster management plan, health advisory committee, captive breeding of animals and landscape management.
Birsa Zoo Director Jabbar Singh, however, told PTI that the biological park did not fare well in some categories such as procedural delays on the master plan or the health advisory committee.
“But the report does not contain any negative comments on the health of the animals and their maintenance. During the evaluation at the zoo, the evaluators declared that it was one of the best zoos in the country in terms of health and maintenance. animals,” Singh said.
Concerning the zoos of Jamshedpur and Bokaro, the report indicates that they should mobilize additional funds and adequate personnel, while improving hygiene.
The Central Zoo Authority assessed all zoos on different parameters such as management and efficiency, and grades were then assigned.
There are 147 recognized zoos in the country classified as large (17), medium (23), small (33), mini (60) zoos and rescue centers (14). In this phase, 39 zoos of large and medium categories were evaluated.
All bioparks in Jharkhand fall into the “average” category.
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