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Tata zoo to mentor teams

Jamshedpur, Nov. 24: Tata Steel Zoological Park will impart valuable lessons in animal care to zookeepers from Kerala starting tomorrow.

The four-day training session will touch upon aspects of animal care and management. The training will be conducted for two separate batches — one from Trivandrum and the other from Thrissur zoo.

“We will mentor 26 caretakers from Kerala for the first time. The training schedule for the first batch has been slotted from November 25 to 28, while the second group will be trained from December 2 to 5,” said Tata Steel Zoological Society managing committee member Rajnish Kumar.

According to him, the caretakers will gain hands-on experience in animal management.

On the first day, there will be discussions and slide shows on topics related to restraining and transportation of wild animals, disease management and hand rearing of infants and disaster management. This will be followed by fieldwork on Day 2.

On the third day, they will visit Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Dimna Lake and go sightseeing. The Dalma trip is aimed at educating them on how animals live in their natural habitat. On the last day, they will visit Birsa Munda Biological Park in Ranchi.

Apart from this, the training programme will also focus on practical lessons which will focus on quantity of food served to animals, sanitation in enclosures, provision of water and medicines as well as other aspects related to treatment of captive animals.

Trivandrum Zoo curator T.V. Anil Kumar has already arrived, while 10 others and two from Thrissur Zoo will reach tomorrow morning. The batch of 13 others will come for the second session.

Tata zoo director Bipul Chakravarty, deputy director and vet Manik Palit, curator S.K. Mahto and assistant vet Nidhi Rajput will conduct the training sessions.

“We are glad to host the visitors from Trivandrum and Thrissur. They will gain more knowledge about animal care and overall management,” said Chakravarty, adding that the Kerala government would sponsor the entire training.

Tata zoo, in its 18 years of existence, has experience of modern zoo concept, enclosure designing and animal management. During the year, the zoo has imported exotic animals like mandrill monkeys from Jerusalem and pure-bred African lions from Pretoria, South Africa. Tata zoo has achieved the successful breeding of rare species like tiger, mandrill, emu and ornamental pheasants.