These Exotic Animals Are Now Making Their Way To Byculla Zoo

The renovation work to house exotic animals was started in 2018 and is expected to be completed by March wherein there will be four jackals, a pair of leopard and a pair of hyenas.

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Byculla's Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan currently houses over 350 spe­c­ies of living organisms, including 25 species of birds and 10 of reptiles. It will soon be opening its doors for 17 more exotic animals. The renovation work to house exotic animals was started in 2018 and is expected to be completed by March wherein there will be four jackals, a pair of leopard and a pair of hyenas.

There will be 17 viewing enclosures which will replicate animal's habitat and there will be a special aquatic bird aviary which will be built to house 100 exotic birds. Out of the 17 viewing enclosures, 7 are complete. Two tigers will be procured from Aurangabad's zoo and some areas of Byculla's zoo will also be replicating Ranthambore National Park. 

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Notably, according to a recent report by Byculla Zoo administration, fifty-nine animals and birds at Rani Baug have died in 2017-18 due to cardiac arrest and other health-related issues. The report has been presented before the Central Zoo Authority (CZA).

The report also mentioned a shortage of staff at the prestigious zoo. Since 2017, there are 98 employees working at the zoo as compared to the requirement of 214. 

Also Read: 59 animals and birds died in Byculla Zoo in 2017-18 due to health issues: Report

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