The rhinos will be acquired from Almaty Zoo in Kazakhstan and in lieu of which it will receive four wild elephants
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is gearing up to welcome new guests as two pairs of white one-horned rhinoceros will soon be acquired from Almaty Zoo in Kazakhstan in lieu of a lone rhino, Bheema, which died recently.
The authorities at the zoo have initiated talks in this regard.
While a pair of two male and two female white one-horned rhinos will come from Almaty Zoo, the Mysuru Zoo will give four wild elephants rescued from Shivamogga and Hassan under the animal exchange programme.
Last year, the zoo adopted four wild elephants which were among those rescued during operations over the last two years and housed in various elephant rescue centres in the state. Mysuru zoo officials chose Nisarga (aged 4 years, 11 months), Bhaskar (4 years, 11 months), Aishwarya (4 years, 9 months) and Nayana (2 years, 2 months), which were relocated to Bandipur Tiger Reserve rescue centre last year. A government order by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests was also issued in July, 2015 to hand over four elephants to Mysuru zoo as part of the exchange.
Confirming this to City Today, Zoo Executive Director Venkatesan said: “Necessary paperwork for the exchange of animals with Almaty zoo has been initiated. We have already got an approval from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) of the environment ministry for the exchange proposal. We would soon commence the exchange process. We have sent the application to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade to get the permit to receive the animals from the zoo,” he said.
Earlier the plan was to exchange the four elephants with four rhinos from Toku Zoo in Japan. It failed due to some government formalities. In February 2016, zoo officials and Zoo Authority of Karnataka members initiated the exchange programme again. They inspected the animals and resumed talks with Toku Zoo, he added.
“We are most likely to get four rhinos from Almaty Zoo. We will take a call in the next meeting,” he said.
Blurb: Zoo Executive Director Venkatesan noted that securing rhinos from Toku Zoo in Japan failed owing to some government formalities.