Summer arrangements being made for inmates in Nehru Zoo: Curator

Hyderabad: Nehru Zoological Park Curator today said summer arrangements and precautionary measures were being made to prevent Sun stroke and stress to the zoo animals, birds and reptiles from March 2019 to middle of June, 2019 along with health care and protection measures.

The curator said sprinklers and small rain guns have been installed in all animal enclosures. Foggers (Mist like falling of water) are installed in all the enclosures. Thunga grass will be placed over the roof of all the animals and birds’ enclosures. He said over 50 air-coolers will be erected in animal enclosures like Chimpanzees, Monkeys, Tigers, Jaguars, Cheetah, Lions and Panthers. Air-conditioners and exhaust fans have been installed in the Nocturnal Animal House. Shady shelters have been provided to all the herbivore enclosures.

Summer seasonal fruits like Watermelon, Muskmelon and citrus variety fruits were being given to apes, monkeys, primates, birds and bears. Ample protected drinking water was being provided to all the animal houses from time to time to avoid dehydration. Glucon-D, electral powder, Vitamin-C supplements, B-complex supplements and thermocare liquids were dissolved in water and given to the animals/birds to avoid summer stress.

He also said some 80% of the enclosures surroundings like windows, ventilators and doors were covered with kashkash thattis, gunny cloths to avoid direct sunlight exposure on the animals. At least three to four times watering was being done on the kashkash thattis and Thunga grass to avoid summer heat.

All animal keepers, park supervisors were taking preventive steps from time to time to avoid summer stress to the wild animals, birds and so on. Green shade nets will be placed over the roof of the birds enclosures, windows, doors of the night houses as per the requirement. Water troughs are kept at various places in the zoo to provide drinking water for the free ranging animals.