Five new members of Mahendra Chaudhary Zoology Park were released in their enlosures for public viewing during the closing ceremony of National Wildlife Week on Sunday. These were Indian Royal Snakes and three Chukar partridges. With this, the total number of species at the zoo has reached 105. At present, the zoo has more than 1,250 birds and animals. The programme started in zoo complex with the releasing procedure of two birds -Chukar partridges brought in exchange for a painted stork from Manda Zoo in Jammu. This game bird belongs to the pheasant family. About 32-35 cm long, this bird has light brown back and grey breast. These birds feed in nature seeds , green vegetables and grass weeds . In zoo, they are fed mixed dana and green vegetables. They are brought in exchange for a painted stork from Jammu Zoo. These birds are found in Asia, Turkey, Iran afganistan , Pakistan and India. Life span of birds are normally five-six years .
Two new reptiles have been released in Zoo for public viewing which are brought from Manda Zoo in J&K . The reptiles belong to species – Indian Royal Snake . This non- vanomous reptile is fed on rats , chicks and frogs in the zoo complex. From their length and weight, they are estimated to be 6-7 years old. Once they are fed well, they can live for next two weeks without diet . Normally, these snakes live in 25 degree centigrade , tempurature is maintained through cooling or heating by zoo maintainers. This species is found in deserts on and in some parts of north west area from kutch in Gujrat to non-mounatinous parts of J&K .
As one new entrant is still in observatory period , after getting fitness certificate from its veterinary doctor Indian wolf will be released in enclosure for public viewing ” said Harpal Singh, Zonal Education Officer in Chhatbir Zoo. It is a sub species of gey wolf , smaller in size and shorter in size found in Indian subcontinent .
Zoo Education Officer Harpal Singh addressed students , teachers and visitors and said , ‘Main motto of organising the events and activities were to create awareness and sensitise the issues regarding the conservation and protection of wildlife and integrate more and more people to one platform for the same cause .”
Kindergarten kids from Genius world school , Zirakpur present a five minutes skit highlighting the human wildlife relations. They spread meassage to conserve and and proctect the nature and wildlife for existence of life on this earth through act .
Students and teachers of various schools hourned with trophies and prizes for participating in different programmes and competitons during wildlife week events . Shemrock Senior Secondary given prize for participating in the awareness ralley. Competiotion were held in various categories like essay competition, painting competition and photography competitons . Teachers were also honoured for enthusiasing children to take participate in nature and wildlife conservation programmes .
Harpal Singh told visitors- zoo keepers talks were arranged whole week for general public so that they could understand the behind the scence contribution of number of people who work for the maintaince of zoo and keeping diversity alive in zoo complex and maintaing eco balance from so many years .In the whole week total numbers of visitores including adults and children were recorded more than twenty thousand despite of holidays and weekend.