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Cool treatment for zoo inmates

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The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park authorities are taking all measures to prevent dehydration among the animals and birds as they have been facing severe heat conditions. The officials are also making arrangements for the comfort of the visitors as the number has been huge due to summer vacation.

Visakhapatnam: The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park authorities are taking all measures to prevent dehydration among the animals and birds as they have been facing severe heat conditions. The officials are also making arrangements for the comfort of the visitors as the number has been huge due to summer vacation.

The park is situated on 625 acres close to the sea and houses around 153 types of animals belonging to 100 species.Dr V Srininvas, veterinary doctor at Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, said that the animals are being fed with a special diet which includes musk melon, water melon and cucumber.

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  • The park is situated on 625 acres and houses around 153 types of animals belonging to 100 species
  • Animals are being fed with a special diet which includes musk melon, water melon and cucumber, says Dr V Srininvas, veterinary doctor at Indira Gandhi Zoological Park
  • Fans and coolers also installed to keep animals in comfort

“To overcome the electrolyte disorders in animals due to humid levels we are providing vitamin C supplements. Fluids like coconut water, B complex syrups, thermo care liquid that are dissolved in water are being given to the animals everyday which helps the animal to increase immunity levels,’’ he said. Fans and coolers were also installed to keep animals in comfort. He also added that they are giving dilute anti-depressants to the birds. So far there are no heat related causalities in the zoo, Dr Srinvas said.

B Vijay Kumar, curator, told this correspondent that it was necessary to provide Vitamin C supplements and fluids to the animals, which give sustainability from these humid levels, otherwise they will fall ill and sometimes may endanger their lives. Shelters were not been provided in the enclosures of rhesus monkey, bonnet monkey, and sloth bear as there is a danger of these animals using the shelters to jump out of their moats.

Regarding chimpanzees, he said the doors were being kept open during the day and night crawls so that they get more comfort. For the comfort of the visitors, he said two tap connections have been installed for drinking water supply in addition to six RO plants and 18 drinking water points in the zoo. Caps are being sold at the main gate on discount for the visitor to protect themselves from sun as they have to roam around 625 acres to cover the zoo. These measures will continue till first week of July, the curator said.

By Phani Suni

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