TVM zoo to charm visitors with zebra and jaguar

The procedures to bring the animals are in the final stage, said an official. Photo: Manorama

Thiruvananthapuram: After the arrival of four grey langurs a few days back, the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo will again have added attractions to charm the visitors.

A zebra and a North American jaguar, which were once popular attractions, will be brought to the zoo either by the year's end or at the start of next year.

“The procedures to bring the animals are in the final stage. The same requires the nod of the Central Zoo Authority. Further, it’s very difficult to procure animals from outside the country. Hence, we’re bringing them from other zoos within the country,” said an official.

Meanwhile, the grey langurs, also known as Hanuman monkeys, have acclimatized well to the new environment and climate in the state capital. They continue to be in one-month quarantine when special care is being taken about their food habits and health condition, they said.

Along with administering vaccines, care needs to be taken to prevent them from contracting any diseases. The work on the enclosure to later release them is also progressing.

With the additions from Rohtak Zoo, the number of grey langurs in the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo has risen to six.

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