Nagpur: Sambars, albino blackbucks and barking deer will be the new guests at Balasaheb Thackeray Gorewada International Zoological Park very soon.
The Gorewada Rescue Center operated by the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) found 10 blackbucks, 10 albino blackbucks, 4 sambar and 20 barking deer on Thursday.
These animals will be released in a 40 hectare vegetarian enclosure of a Indian Safari. Where there are already 14 nilgai and deer. On keeping several herbivores inside a single enclosure. Dr Shirish Upadhyay, Director of the (WRTC) Wildlife Research and Training Center, said that “Since the enclosure is huge. These herbivores fighting for space- There is no possibility of booties at all.”
Animals will be kept in quarantine first
The animals were part of the exchange program between the National Zoological Park (NZP). Delhi and the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra. On 2 October, a pair of two female tigresses. And a pair of sloth bears were sent to National Zoological Park by Gorewada Rescue Center. And all these vegetarian animals were taken to Nagpur in a single vehicle.
Divisional Manager Pramod Panchbhai has said that all these animals will first be kept in quarantine for about 30 days as per the norms of a Central Zoo Authority. All the animals are still under stress after traveling about 1,000 kilo metre by road. And all animals need a lot of rest right now. And then all the animals that have come will be released inside the safari park after about 30 days.
Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra officials have said that after almost a month has passed, we are planning to bring back a eight sangai and four more sambar. Also known as Manipur bro-antlered deer or alds deer. This endemic deer species is found only in a Manipur. And it is also a state animal.