Closed throughout 2020-21 due to COVID, bird flu, Delhi zoo sees animal deaths fall to 3-year low

The zoo misplaced two tigress, a tiger and two cubs within the final one yr.

The Delhi zoo recorded 125 animal deaths in 2020-21, the bottom within the final three years, officers mentioned right here.

The zoo reopened to the general public on Thursday after remaining shut for greater than a yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic and chicken flu.

Zoo Director Ramesh Pandey mentioned the mortality price for the final monetary yr ending Wednesday “hovered round 10 %”, which is the bottom since 2017-18.

There are round 1,160 animals within the zoo at current. The ultimate stock report shall be prepared by mid-April, he advised PTI.

The variety of animal deaths within the monetary yr 2020-21 is “considerably lower than final yr” and it may be attributed to higher monitoring and constant efforts of the employees, Mr. Pandey mentioned.

“The quarterly knowledge is nearly equivalent and there are not any fluctuations, which signifies that no ‘opposed occasion’ passed off,” he mentioned.

Mr. Pandey mentioned the variety of deaths may have been much less had there been no case of chicken flu.

The primary case of chicken flu was reported from the zoo on January 15, when a pattern from a brown fish owl that was discovered lifeless in its enclosure examined constructive.

Seven extra samples from the zoo premises additionally examined constructive over the following few weeks.

The zoo misplaced two tigress, a tiger and two cubs within the final one yr.

It, nevertheless, added one Bengal tigress to the household in November final yr and plans to usher in three extra tigers from Chennai and Nagpur for breeding functions.

In line with official knowledge, 172 animals died within the zoo in 2019-20 and the mortality price was greater than 17 %.

In 2018-19, the ability misplaced 188 animals and the mortality price stood at round 15 %.

In line with Pandey, 1,645 folks visited the zoo on Thursday.

“We didn’t anticipate greater than 100 folks (as a result of pandemic), however the response has been wonderful,” he mentioned.

Guests reported minor hiccups in making on-line funds for tickets on the primary day. The guests are required to purchase ticket on-line on the zoo’s web site or on the entry gates utilizing the QR codes.

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