25th July, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 2
habitat for zoo elephants
National Zoological Gardens (NZA) is to spend over Rs.10 billion to create
a free living arena for its elephants.
elephants that have been chained for many years are finally to be given a
free roaming area in the zoo.
Director, Brigadier H.A.N.T Perera said the extent of land allocated for
the elephant enclosure is a little more than one acre of land. "It is
about time these animals had a free area to roam in" he said.
to Brig. Perera, the free living arena for elephants is to be completed by
the first quarter of 2005.
from the elephants, the leopards, exotic birds and deer and sambhur
enclosures are to be improved within the year. "The deer enclosure is
extremely muddy and needs to be improved. We hope to remove the mud and
raise the ground level of the deer enclosure. Greenery and tree trunks
will be added to give the enclosure a natural look" explained Brig.
to him, the leopard enclosure and the bird aviary will each cost Rs.6
million each. "The leopards are presently in cages. Our idea is to
give them a bigger enclosure to live in. The money for the zoo activities
is to be released from the treasury that is in turn controlled by the
Environment Ministry," said.
zoo that earns between Rs.1 to 6 million per month is expected to spend
around Rs.22 million for its expansion.
work on the leopard and bird enclosure will commence in August,
zoo officials will check on the progress of the activities every
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