Delhi zoo aims for 'model zoo' status
NEW DELHI: The Delhi zoo, a favourite among children and adults alike, is taking active steps to develop its infrastructure and animal care paraphernalia to emerge as a "model" for other zoological parks of the country.
The recent procurement of a gas anaesthesia machine by the zoo, training workshop for veterinarians by US-based experts and many animal exchange programmes are some steps in this direction, said zoo director Renu Singh.
"We are working on a war footing to make Delhi zoo a model zoo. We recently procured crucial animal care equipment and have also initiated many animal exchange programmes. We are also stepping up the park's infrastructure," she said.
Spread across 176 acres of land, the Delhi zoo is one of the most spacious zoological parks of the country. It is home to about 1,350 animals representing almost 130 species, apart from having a wide variety of indigenous and exotic birds.
The zoo is also part of the conservation breeding programmes of the Central Zoo Authority.
On being asked which animals would be brought to the zoo as part of the exchange programme, Singh said, "We are hoping to bring in many animals, especially those we lack."
Though many proposals were green-lit, many are still in the pipeline. But we hope to acquire an ostrich, kangaroos etc soon," she said.
Another zoo official said such steps were being taken to rid the zoological park of the "bad publicity" it received over a spree of animal deaths earlier this year.