11,000 People Visit Byculla Zoo over the weekend

11,000 People Visit Byculla Zoo over the weekend

The city’s Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, also known as Byculla Zoo, has reopened following a year of closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The zoo officially opened for the public on Monday, Feb 15. 

In the first weekend since the Byculla zoo opened for visitors as many as 11,000 visitors came to visit the zoo. This resulted in a revenue generation of INR 5.74 lakh. While this is a good sign but these numbers are nowhere close to what the zoo was clocking before the pandemic.

On Saturday, 4,600 people had visited the zoo while on Sunday it surged to 6,400 people. Dr. Sanjay Tripathi, director of the zoo, said that while there was a good turn out at no point in time did the authorities need to shut the gates due to overcrowding. He added, “We were expecting a comparatively larger crowd on the weekend. So, adequate guards were stationed”.

On the first day that Zoo opened for the public, officials said that around 1,419 people visited the facility, generating approximately ₹69,600 in ticket sales. Entrance for seniors at Byculla zoo is free of cost. 

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