India: Hormonal treatment to big cats in Jaipur zoo
By Lokendra Singh, Jaipur, May 14 : The veterinarians of a zoo in Jaipur are giving hormonal treatment to big cats to help them breed faster.
The big cats include tiger, lion and panther [leopard]. The Jaipur zoo authorities initiated this special course of ten days as most of the male as well female animals were turning impotent.
The animals kept in captivity become prone to impotency. There are two lions, five tigers and four panthers in Jaipur zoo.
The hormones are being given in the shape of drugs.
“In hormonal treatment, we are giving a preparation of PGF12 alpha. Hormones are effective when ovaration doesn’t happen in animals. A hard structure of corpus lithium develops on ovary. Ovaration cant’ take place until this structure doesn’t regresses. Hence, we are giving hormones for ovaration,” said CP Singh, veterinary doctor, Jaipur zoo.
Hormonal treatment has been proved to be good for deer.
“Hormonal treatment is very important for breeding. We have a limited number of tigers and lions comprising males and females. Some of them are ready for breeding. Big cat population will increase by hormonal treatment,” said Laxman Gaur, superintendent, Jaipur zoo.
Experts believe that population of big cats like tiger is declining at an alarming rate in India.
Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at http://bigcatrescue.org