According to zoo curator Riaz Khan, “40-45 heaters will be installed in enclosures across the zoo, although Rita, the 58-year-old chimpanzee has already got one since she is aged. The gibbons too have been provided heaters.”
The last time such inbreeding took place at the Delhi Zoo was in 1991, when yellow-striped Royal Bengal tiger Sundar and white Royal Bengal tigress Shanti mated, and had two offspring- one white and one yellow.
"Painted storks usually come to the zoo by mid or late August, sometimes even September with the sole purpose of nesting... but this time an advanced party arrived a week ago. By September, we expect over 800 painted storks as they migrate from the Himalayas,” said zoo curator Riaz Khan.
“The tomb next to the bear cage inside the zoo is on the list that we have sent to the Delhi government for approval... Ideally, we would have liked to restore the one inside the chimpanzee enclosure, too, but it seems impossible for now," an official said.