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

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

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

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

Byculla Zoo is home to hundreds of Schedule-I, Schedule-II and IV species at Byculla zoo that are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act along with exotic species. The zoo authority has been regularly providing CZA with reports, which consisted of details of the food provided to animals and birds and their health details every year.

Meanwhile, according to a Byculla Zoo official, the number of deaths had gone down comparitively. He added that presently there are fewer exhibits on display as the zoo is under renovation, but as the new exhibits come up, the staff strength, too, will increase.

Byculla Zoo is currently undergoing expansion work and the project is estimated to take around two years to complete. The civic body intends to have leopards, lions, giraffes along with around 17 exotic species on the premises.

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