Representative Photo
Representative Photo

Indore: For the first time, Indore will have a pair of zebras at Kamla Nehru Prani Sanghralaya, i.e. city zoo in the coming months. They will be the first pair of zebras in the state.

The zebras will be brought from Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan & Zoo in Mumbai under the animal exchange programme. An agreement has been reached between the two zoo administrations regarding this exchange.

For this, city zoo has already prepared an enclosure near the bird house. The final seal on this exchange will be with the permission of the Central Zoo Authority.

Due to corona infection, the round of meeting of Zoo Authority was delayed but will be restarted from this month.

According to the zoo management, it may take about three to four months for the pair of zebras to arrive. As per the last agreement, Mumbai Zoo would bring three pairs of zebras from South Africa, out of which one pair would be given to Indore Zoo.

City zoo in-charge Dr Uttam Yadav said, “This will be the first African zebra in state and there is a chance of its survival well here, as the weather is quite suitable for it.” Of the three zebra species, two -- the Grevy's and Burchell's -- live in the hot grasslands of eastern Africa. The usual annual temperatures remain around 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, i.e. 23 to 36 degrees Celsius in natural habitat for zebras where the weather is divided between a dry season with intense sunshine and months of rain.

In exchange, city zoo will part with a pair of lions and a wolf. There are 10 lions in the zoo now. The zoo is currently home to more than 60 species of wild animals and 650 different species of birds.

Previously, lions have been given in exchange from Indore to Pune, Chandigarh, and Nandan Kanan Zoo Logical Park.

“It is our endeavour to add species to the zoo, so that people can see and learn about all of them,” Yadav said.

He added that just about four city zoos in the country have zebras at the moment.

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