Jamshedpur, March 30 ; Ban on slaughtering has put authorities of Tata Steel Zoological Park (TSZP) in a fix. They are worried about how to feed lions , Royal Bengal tigers and other carnivores.
As per information, Lions, tigers, leopards, and crocodiles at the Tata zoo on an average consume 80 Kgs of buffalo meat daily and the ban on slaughtering has threatened to affect their required diet.
Concerned over the situation, the zoo authorities have approached the state government and Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to find a middle path to overcome the problem.
“ We are concerned over the situation. We have also written letters to the state government and CZA for finding a solution in light of ban on slaughtering. We are hopeful to get solution to the crisis soon,” zoo director Bipul Chakravarty.
He pointed out that the CZA has issued a directive to them for maintaining the daily supply of buffalo meat. “We work under the guidelines of CZA and are required to follow its directives. So, we have requested the state government to help us out,” Chakravarty added.
Though officials claimed that buffalo meat is procured from Odisha and transported daily to Jamshedpur, however, zoo insiders revealed that beef is purchased from a vendor in the city.
There are 24 carniovres – lions (5), tigers (5), leopards (4), hyenas (3) and crocodiles (7)at the zoo. The animals are fed buffalo meat daily in the mornings.
Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) inspector Ashok Kumar Dubey said Tata zoo authorities can procure buffalo meat from other states but permission for procuring the same from the local market will not be permitted at any cost.
The foundation stone of Tata Zoo was laid in 1990 and its gates were opened for visitors on March, 3 1994. The zoo is nestled inside the Jubilee Park and has two wetlands on either side, the Subarnarekha River in its north and Jayanti Sarovar in south.
Both these wetlands are famous for winter migratory birds. The zoo is spread over an area of 40 hectares with beautifully landscaped gardens interspersed with small forest patches.
The prime motto of the zoo during the last two decades of its operation has been to preserve wild flora and fauna and help them propagate in captivity.