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Funds fillip for Tata zoo health

Call it a gift to match your Baisakhi or Puthandu or Bihu or Poila Baisakh celebrations.

For the first time, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has sanctioned funds to improve healthcare facilities at Tata Steel Zoological Park.

Though CZA does not fund any private animal habitat, it has made an exception for Tata zoo after PSU firms like State Bank of India (SBI) and Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) spent money for zoo’s uplift. While SBI sponsored the renovation of the zoo hospital, Aiada adopted the ostrich enclosure.

CZA has approved Rs 5.43 lakh for procurement of five squeeze cages and a surgical table for the newly constructed surgical room.

“We have been lucky to receive the largesse. The money reached us in March. The CZA so far has not funded any private zoo. Initiatives by PSUs like SBI and Aiada may be the reasons why the CZA agreed to help us,” said zoo director Bipul Chakrabarty.

Of the two equipment, the squeeze cages will be of immense help. The size of this cage can be adjusted by a lever and pulley. “The squeeze cages make treating animals a lot easy,” Chakrabarty added.

Zoo managing committee member Rajnish Kumar said they would have to buy the equipment within 18 months. “We have placed orders for the squeeze cages. We are happy the zoo will be able to give timely and quality healthcare to over 400 inmates,” he added.


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