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Solar-powered electric fence for Tata Steel Zoological Park langurs

The solar fence has been defunct for nearly two years now

By Jayesh Thaker in Jamshedpur
  • Published 25.02.20, 12:39 AM
  • Updated 25.02.20, 12:39 AM
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Langur enclosure at Tata Steel zoo in Bistupur, Jamshedpur. (Bhola Prasad)

With great power comes a mild shock, the langurs at Tata Steel Zoological Park will soon realise.

The solar-powered electric fence, which gives the dozen-odd simians a mild shock when they try to venture out of their 3,100 sq m enclosure, will be activated soon, zoo sources said.

The solar fence has been defunct for nearly two years now.

Sources said the delay in activating the solar fencing was due to an incomplete cafeteria selling tea, coffee and snacks. However, the cafeteria is in place now and authorities are keen to complete activating the fencing.

Though the langurs are presently put inside a large cage due to repair of an RCC wall inside the enclosure which collapsed recently, they will jump out once they are released in the open. The simians are put back in the shelter inside the enclosure at night.

The mote inside the enclosure remains dry most of the time, allowing the simians to have free access to the fencing. Plans are afoot to fill the mote with water.But that would not fully serve the purpose as its gets dry due to evaporation during summer. So, an activated solar fencing is the only remedy to rein in the langurs. The solar fencing matches Central Zoo Authority standards.

Tata zoo director Bipul Chakravarty said the solar fencing would be activated once the RCC wall was mended. “The repair of the wall will be complete in the first week of March. We would activate the solar fencing without wasting more time since the langurs will be out in the open,” he added.

Spread over 37 hectares, Tata zoo has witnessed langurs venturing out their enclosure and sitting on car bonnets and bike seats. They had to be shepherded back to their enclosure by animal keepers.Sometimes, the simians hop out of their enclosure and move around the adjoining Marine Drive. However, they return to the enclosure on their own.

Gray langurs or Hanuman langurs, the most widespread langurs of the Indian subcontinent, constitute the entirety of the genus Semnopithecus.