Central Zoo animals getting new shelters

Central Zoo

KATHMANDU, Feb 24: The Central Zoo has intensified the works to construct new and advanced shelters for animals.

According to Zoo’s information officer Lina Chalise, a new shelter with air-conditioned facility is being built for red panda.

Similarly, the construction of new homes for blue bull, jackal and crane is on the progress. The Zoo has presently has no blue bull but visitors will soon get an opportunity to catch the sighting of it as the Zoo is preparing to bring this animal from the far-western Nepal once the construction gets complete. Besides, works to upgrade a walkway meant for visitors are going on for their convenience. A digital education center was setup here a few days ago to give information about animals and birds, protected animals and about the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).

In the very beginning, wildlife brought from outside need to be put under special care for protections. Each year, 10 to 15 animals need such treatment. A protected animal needs special treatment under the care of veterinary doctor for six months to one year, without putting it on display to public.

Established in 1932 by Rana Prime Minister Juddha Shumser as a private zoo, the Jawalakhel-based zoo was opened to public in 1956 and has used an area spreading in six hectare. There are 1,219 animals of 127 species in the zoo currently. Its came under government control following the 1950’s political change.

The zoo collected Rs 1.4 million from visitors last year. It charges Rs 50 per head under 12 as entry fee; Rs 100 for students; Rs 150 for public; Rs 220 for guests from the SAARC and Rs 750 for foreigners.  RSS