Zoo officials take special steps to keep animals cool this summer
As the town sizzles underneath hovering day time temperatures, the authorities of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park are gearing up with special preparations to shield the 810 animals of 90 species from the sweltering warmth.
From placing cool roof paints on night time homes to protecting enclosures with palmyra depart shades and establishing water sprinklers, the zoo keepers are making certain that the animals are saved cool and properly hydrated. In the aviary part that homes many unique birds like forms of macaw and different small birds, the cages are saved cool with khus khus mats and periodical spraying of water.
The animals are at current housed in 77 enclosures unfold throughout the 625 acres of the zoo park.
“We are setting up fans in enclosures for animals like wild dog, panther, chimpanzee, white tiger and hyena. Apart from these, we are also preparing sheds in the enclosure to provide protection from the heatwave,” zoo curator Nandani Salaria advised The Puucho.
This time special water sprinklers for reptiles have additionally been saved in place. According to the zoo veterinarians, when the atmospheric temperature rises, the metabolic charge of animals goes down. A lowered urge for food is the primary signal of an animal being gripped by the summer warmth. In addition to the standard meals, summer specials like watermelon and cucumber which have a wealthy water content material are fed to the animals. “In addition to these, we also provide glucose and B complex in the diet,” Ms. Salaria mentioned.
The summer might be notably difficult for the oldest animals of IGZP — white tiger Sirish and Indian Gaur Raja.
“A set of routine has been put in place for the oldest animals such as administering supplements like Vitamin B Complex. We are also closely monitoring them to ensure their good health,” Ms. Salaria added.
Like most zoos throughout the nation, the IGZP is battling the challenges due to fund crunch as gate revenues stay low in contrast to pre-COVID occasions. In summer, energy consumption for zoo is mostly excessive. Every 12 months in the course of the summer months, energy payments alone quantity to ₹2 lakh in Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.