Zoo registers record footfalls

Zoo registers record footfalls
Highlights

Post Hudhud disaster in 2014, this is the first time Visakhapatnam Indira Gandhi Zoological Park has come out with their annual report for 2016-17 fiscal, which was released by Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G Nageswara Rao at the zoo here on Saturday in the presence of zoo curator B Vijaya Kumar and other staff.

Visakhapatnam: Ahead of major works planned for complete revamp of Visakhapatnam Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, the home for wild animals and birds witnessed a phenomenal growth in the visitors’ traffic, recording an all-time high record of 8.5 lakh footfalls for 2016-17.

Post Hudhud disaster in 2014, this is the first time Visakhapatnam Indira Gandhi Zoological Park has come out with their annual report for 2016-17 fiscal, which was released by Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G Nageswara Rao at the zoo here on Saturday in the presence of zoo curator B Vijaya Kumar and other staff.

Highlights:

  • Post Hudhud disaster in 2014, this is the first time Visakhapatnam Indira Gandhi Zoological Park has come out with their annual report for 2016-17 fiscal, which was released by Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G Nageswara Rao at the zoo
  • “We rebuilt the park from a scratch. Now the zoo is in a good condition and attracting many visitors. This would not have been possible without the support from zoo staff, volunteers and media,” said curator B Vijay Kumar

The event, which was held at the Bio Scope Hall, saw the participation of city’s corporate firms’ representatives and students. Addressing the gathering, the Vice-Chancellor praised the CSR efforts of the pharmaceutical and other companies located in the city and also called upon them to contribute even more to the noble cause of Eastern Ghats wild life conservation. The Vice-Chancellor felt that collaboration of Andhra University departments such as zoology and environmental sciences with the Vizag zoo would give students a practical exposure.

According to the report, around 29,000 students from 313 schools in the city and other places visited the zoo besides scores of volunteers from local clubs, associations and NGOs have been involving in several daily activities in the park.

The annual report spoke in detail about the progress made so far in several programmes such as upkeep of animals and their display, rescue and safety measures, breeding programmes, visitors’ experiences, new arrival of wild animals, CSR initiatives, animal adoption, education on conservations, maintenance of revenues and future project proposals that are in pipeline.

“After devastation of the zoo in Hudhud cyclone in 2014, we rebuilt the park from a scratch. Now the zoo is in a good condition and attracting many visitors. This would not have been possible without the support from zoo staff, volunteers and media,” said curator B Vijay Kumar.

By Y Abhishek Paul

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