The Assam state zoo is poised to welcome a new animal. The Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden in Guwahati will soon welcome new species from a variety of countries. Including zebras and white-winged wood ducks.
“In exchange for four zebras, the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati will get two black panthers from Israel. Additionally, four white-wings wood ducks (deo hah) is to be import from the Czech Republic,”. Assam’s Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya stated.
On Friday, June 11, Suklabaidya made a visit to the Assam State Zoo to ask about the zookeepers’ and animals’ health.
The Minister, joined by Divisional Forest Officer (State Zoo) Tejas Mariswamy and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Dr. Amit Sahai, commended the zookeepers for their care of the animals during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has previously infected 11 zookeepers, with one remaining positive and isolated.
“At the present, no animal is ill, and all animals and birds are healthy and joyful,” Suklabaidya said.
He proceeds by the explanation that fresh grass is to be plant in the hydroponic system for herbivores. Which is consume regularly by animals such as rhinos, deer, nilgai, and blackbucks.
Since April 28, 2021, the state zoo has been close for visitors due to the COVID-19 infection. Despite the lack of tinkling cash registers. The Minister said that there are no immediate plans to reopen the zoo in the best interests of the animals and zookeepers.
“At the time, no plans exist to reopen the zoo until the COVID situation stabilizes,” he stated.