Warangal’s Kakatiya zoo intensifies efforts to get big cats

According to the zoo authorities, the leopards are a big hit with the visitors. A pair of leopards, Deva and Sravanthi, were brought to the zoo in March in 2017

By Author  |  Published: 15th Apr 2019  8:54 pmUpdated: 15th Apr 2019  8:55 pm
Zoo staffers shower water on a leopard to beat the summer at Kakatiya Zoo in Warangal on Monday. Photo by Gotte Venkat.

Warangal (Urban): Authorities of Kakatiya Zoological Park, Warangal, have intensified their efforts to get a pair of big cats as the construction of the enclosure will be completed in a month at the zoo.

A proposal to Chief Wildlife Warden (CWW) and Central Zoo Authority (CZA) was made to provide a pair of tiger long ago.

A pair of leopards (male called Deva and female Sravanthi) were brought to the zoo in March in 2017. According to the zoo authorities, the leopards are a big hit with the visitors. It is said many visitors come to the zoo to get a glimpse of the leopards.

“The tiger enclosure is being built behind the enclosure of leopards. Once the works are completed, we will get a pair of tiger,” said Warangal Urban and Jangaon districts, District Forest Officer (DFO), G Ramalingam.

It is said that the CZA is yet to give approval for tigers. But the officials are confident that they can get big cats from Nehru Zoological Park as the park lies within the State.

Meanwhile, the number of the visitors is increasing by the day as new animals are being adding every year. “On an average, 2,000 people visit the zoo every day, and we are earning around Rs 7 lakh per month,” said Dr Punnamchander.

Established in 1985 on Hunter Road, the zoo has around 380 animals, consisting of 44 species of mammals, reptiles and birds, besides a butterfly garden.

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