As town sizzles underneath hovering day time temperatures, the authorities of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park are gearing up with particular preparations to guard the 810 animals of 90 species from the sweltering warmth.
From placing cool roof paints on evening homes to overlaying enclosures with palmyra go away shades and establishing water sprinklers, the zoo keepers are making certain that the animals are saved cool and effectively hydrated. Within the aviary part that homes many unique birds like kinds 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’re establishing followers in enclosures for animals like wild canine, panther, chimpanzee, white tiger and hyena. Aside from these, we’re additionally making ready sheds within the enclosure to offer safety from the heatwave,” zoo curator Nandani Salaria advised The Hindu.
This time particular water sprinklers for reptiles have additionally been saved in place. In response to the zoo veterinarians, when the atmospheric temperature rises, the metabolic fee of animals goes down. A diminished urge for food is the primary signal of an animal being gripped by the summer season warmth. Along with the same old meals, summer season specials like watermelon and cucumber which have a wealthy water content material are fed to the animals. “Along with these, we additionally present glucose and B complicated within the food plan,” Ms. Salaria stated.
The summer season could 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 similar to administering dietary supplements like Vitamin B Advanced. We’re additionally intently monitoring them to make sure their good well being,” Ms. Salaria added.
Like most zoos throughout the nation, the IGZP is battling the challenges as a result of fund crunch as gate revenues stay low in comparison with pre-COVID instances. In summer season, energy consumption for zoo is mostly excessive. Yearly throughout the summer season months, energy payments alone quantity to ₹2 lakh in Indira Gandhi Zoological Park.