Jamshedpur, June 8: Monsoon is likely to hit Jharkhand by June 15. On one hand, the farmers and common people are excited about the expected good rain. On the other hand, Tata Steel Zoological Park management is worried. With the onset of rainy season, Tata zoo authorities have geared up to ensure safe monsoon for its inmates.
The zoo, which houses hundreds of animals, birds and other creatures, has stepped up measures to ensure a safe and healthy monsoon to its inmates. This comes in wake of the death of a Zebra due to rainstorm which created havoc a week back. The zebra was brought from Israel.
In another incident crocodiles were washed away due to heavy rainfall. During the monsoon in the year 2008, three crocodiles were swept by the floods. The authorities rescued the trio from Subernarekha River a couple of weeks later.
To see that these types of incidents are not repeated again, Tata Zoo management has started preparations. The height of the animal enclosure has been extended where the enclosure of cheetah has been made a two-storey structure.
The reason behind is that the enclosure is situated in low lying area which is close to the Marine Drive. When heavy showers lash the region, the water from Subarnarekha River enters the zoo which causes problems for the leopards. The alligator and crocodile enclosures have also been restored; the area which has slope has been flattened.
The zoo management has also decided to cut the trees which have become weak so that during the monsoon when rainstorm hits the city the trees don’t fall down which can hurt the animals. Many tall trees are also being cut down and make them smaller.