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Know all about Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan or Byculla Zoo


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The city’s Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo, also known as Byculla Zoo, is a popular attraction for tourists and for Mumbaikars. 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.

It is one of the oldest zoos in India. Over the past couple of years, BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been a massive phased-wise modernisation programme.

Five years ago, a colony of eight Humboldt penguins settled in the specially-created icy environs within the 160-year-old Veermata Jijabai Bhonsale Udyan and Zoo. There are now plans to have Giraffes, zebras, white lions and jaguars in this zoo.

The BMC Budget 2021-2022 has a provision of INR 49.67 crores for the zoo development project has been made. Last year, it was INR 48.38 crores.

The BMC has already constructed 10 enclosures where animals like tigers, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, jackals, sambar, spotted deer, swamp deer, and Madras Pond Turtle are on display.

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