Byculla zoo revenues go up by 300% despite hike in entry fee

Byculla zoo revenues go up by 300% despite hike in entry fee

Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan’s revenue has shot up by almost 300 per cent despite the hike in entry fee and drop in visitors.

Till July, the zoo used to charge visitors INR 5 as an entry fee and children were charged INR 2 which was hiked to INR 50 from August. However, a family of four is charged INR 50 which has shown the surge in families visiting the zoo. In the month of July, visitors dropped by almost 49 per cent but the revenue went up by 288 per cent where they earned INR 8,79,424 while there were only 1,14,808 visitors. After hiking the entry fee in August, the zoo earned almost INR 70 lakhs, where only 76,944 visitors visited the zoo, as reported in Times Of India.

As per reports, Sanjay Tripathi, director of Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo said, that the zoo authorities were happy with the response as they feel that after increasing the entry fee only genuine visitors visit the zoo. He added that they are expecting more number of visitors during Diwali vacations.

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Last year, three male and five female Humboldt penguins were brought to the zoo from Coex Aquarium, Seoul, in South Korea, and were kept in a quarantine centre. Owing to this, the entry fee was hiked this year which was criticised by open space activists who were of the view that not many can afford INR 50 as an entry fee.

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