Mumbai: As the temperature in Mumbai soars, spare a thought for the tigers and lions of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Byculla Zoo. And the authorities who take care of the animals are doing their best to keep them cool.

We are giving regular cold water showers to the tigers, lions and leopards that are in cages,” Vikas Gupta, director of SGNP, told Free Press Journal.

The park is not just a habitat for animals, but is also the green lungs of Mumbai city as it acts as a purifier for much of Mumbai’s pollution.

The park has around 14 leopards, 7 tigers and 3 lions in cages while another 35 big cats are in the open. “For those in the open, there are natural lakes. We have also built large water tanks for these animals and we ensure they are always filled,” Gupta added.

There are other measures that the park authorities have taken to beat the scorching summer. “We have thermometers to check the temperature. Veterinary doctors are at hand for regular check-ups. Three time a day, water is changed so that the animals get fresh and cool drinking water. However, meat is still served to these animals,” Gupta said.

The Byculla zoo authorities, too, have taken many precautions against the heat. There are no big cats here, but the zoo has a sizeable population of dear, bear, money, snakes and different types of birds. Sanjay Tripati, director of the zoo, told Free Press Journal, “The animals at Byculla zoo are kept under sheds and in the pool area.

There are over 4,000 canopies that have been installed for the animals. Plus, there is a special team of doctor to take care of the animals in summer. We have also ensured there is adequate water supply from the BMC.”

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