Itanagar:- The Itanagar Biological Park, commonly known as Itanagar Zoo, welcomed a pair of adult Royal Bengal Tigers and three fresh water Gharials on Monday, 17th July. The animals arrived from Nandankanan Zoo in Odisha as part of an animal exchange program between the two zoos.
The Director of Itanagar Biological Park, along with senior officials from the Department of Environment and Forests, received the Tigers and Gharials at the Biological Park. This exchange was made possible through the approval of the Central Zoo Authority in March of this year. In return, Itanagar Biological Park provided Hoolock Gibbons and Leopard Cats to Nandankanan Zoo.
Arunachal Pradesh is renowned for its diverse wildlife and healthy habitats for various big cat species such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard, Common Leopard, and Clouded Leopard. The arrival of the two Tigers at the zoo is expected to enhance public awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation.
The wildlife assets were transported from Nandankanan Zoo and reached Itanagar on 17th July after starting their journey on 14th July. The zoo officials have meticulously prepared healthy habitats for the Tigers and Gharials within the park. Furthermore, efforts are underway to modernize the zoo and meet high-quality natural standards.
The Itanagar Biological Park holds significant importance for the state of Arunachal Pradesh, housing more than 30 mammal species, 12 bird species, and 4 reptile species. The park also maintains a rescue center under veterinary supervision to care for rescued wild animals.
With the addition of the Tigers and Gharials, the Itanagar Zoo is poised to become an even more valuable resource for generating awareness about wildlife conservation and preserving the rich biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh.