Indian Zoos Don’t Allow Exchange of Underage Cubs
The CZAI observed that the quality of captive animals in some zoos suffered due to violation of animal exchange programme and many died after their relocation. Wildlife experts attribute it to pre-mature release of cubs in a zoo to attract visitors.
However, the new order raised question over the plans of Indore zoo to transfer lion from Kamla Nehru Zoological Park in Rajkot and tiger from Junagarh Zoological Park. Zoo in-charge Uttam Yadav claimed that they have made the plans by keeping CZAI guidelines in mind.The zoo, going by the guidelines, needs to have forest like cage (mot) for animals and exchange of animals should be allowed only if a pair is available. Besides, it is necessary to conduct medical check-up of animals before and after relocation or exchange. Animal which are 20% above their average age and less than their 80% of average age can only be exchanged.