Air coolers, fans and sprinklers have been installed for animals and birds in Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) to protect them from the swelling heat between March and May. The Zoo authorities have purchased air coolers for chimpanzees and sloth bears, while fans have been provided for white tiger, panther, chimpanzee, wild dog hyena. Sprinklers have also been put up at several animal enclosures.
In addition, all birdhouses have been covered with Pamela mats and gunny bags. The IGZP has approximately 40 species of birds. As birds are small creatures, priority is being accorded to them, IZGP biologist Mr. Purushottam said. The mats and gunny bags, which are sprayed with water, help in keeping the surroundings cool.” This apart, the officials also placed drinking water in earthenware containers for birds to drink.
Curator Nandani Sularia said that none of the animals and birds died of heatstroke last year. “Water ponds in small sizes have been set up in their respective enclosures for elephants, tigers. More will be set up soon. A green mesh is put up on the butterfly house and a small dry-grass shade spot for all animals.”
Not only these, the authorities also take special care of the animals’ diet. “Fruits like watermelon and cucumber are being served to the animals. We also make changes in the dietary habits of the animals in summer. In addition, Glucose and B complex is added to their diet,” Nandani said. She said all Covid-19 norms are being followed. “All workers have been disinfected. They wear masks and gloves to ensure the animals don’t contract the virus,” she said.