Byculla Zoo Opens for Public After Prolonged Closure; 1,419 People Visit on Day 1

Byculla Zoo Opens for Public After Prolonged Closure; 1,419 People Visit on Day 1

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 public on Monday, Feb 15. 

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. 

Despite more than a thousand visitors at the zoo on Monday, officials said that this is significantly lesser than the pre-pandemic weekday average of 5,000 to 6,000 people and up to 15,000 on some weekends.

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Despite the low turnout, officials at the zoo said that people were excited to be back as there were some waiting at the entry gates from 9:30 AM. 

Speaking on the safety precautions taken at the site, a zoo official said - “We have placed sanitisers and ensured social distancing. There are also security guards to monitor no crowding that takes place.”

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One of the fanciest attractions for visitors is two Royal Bengal Tigers named Shakti and Karishma. 

The tigers were brought over from Siddharth Garden and Zoo in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad city in February 2020. They were on view along with the crowd favourite Humboldt Penguins. 

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar will inaugurate Byculla Zoo’s social media pages today. This will come under the banner of Mumbai Zoo and will have dedicated pages on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter where the activities of the birds and animals will be shared with the world.  

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