Hyderabad: As the mercury starts to climb further, the Nehru Zoological Park has started to put in place special summer arrangements for it’s animals, birds and reptiles.
The summer arrangements and precautionary measures which aim to prevent summer stress and protect them from heat while ensuring required health care measures will continue till mid-June.
Accordingly, sprinklers and small rain guns have been installed in all animal enclosures apart from foggers in all enclosures and spreading thunga grass over the roof.
More than 50 air-coolers have been installed in animal enclosures like those of Chimpanzee, Monkeys, Tigers, Lions, Jaguars, Cheetah and Leopards and air-conditioners and exhaust fans in the Nocturnal Animal House, zoo officials said.
The herbivore enclosures are equipped with shady shelters and seasonal fruits like water melon, musk melon and citrus variety fruits are given to all apes, monkeys, primates, birds and bears.
The officials said that ample protected drinking water is being provided to all animal houses from time to time to avoid dehydration while vitamin supplements and thermocare liquid is dissolved in water and given to avoid summer stress.
Almost 80 per cent of the enclosure surroundings like windows, ventilators and doors are covered with ‘kashkash thattis’ and gunny cloth to avoid direct sunlight exposure on the animals. These covering is watered at least three to four times every day.
The zoo curator, N.N.Kshitija said all the animal keepers, head animal keepers and park supervisors are engaged in taking preventive steps from time to time to avoid summer stress to the wild animals. “Water troughs are kept at various places in the zoo to provide drinking water for the free ranging animals and birds,” she said.
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