Udaipur : Damini, the 10-year-old tigress from Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park & Wildlife Research Center, Katraj, Pune has found a new home in Udaipur. The big yellow cat which was brought here on Sunday has been released in the Sajjangarh Biological park. The park is yet to be officially inaugurated, however, the forest department is busy with the procurement of animals from various national parks across India and releasing them here.
Katraj zoo which has a variety of wild life,is also host to 11 tigers and 4 leopards. A total of five white tigers, and six yellow tigers occupied residency at the zoo of which Damini has been gifted to Udaipur. “ This is the first female tiger Udaipur zoo has got and soon we will get one tiger from Bannerghatta national park, Bangalore” informed Rahul Bhatnagar, the chief conservator forest (wild life). “Black buck, Chinkara, Sambhar and Spotted Deer have been released in the newly established park and efficacy of enclosures is under trial. The shifting of rest animals will be completed soon” Rahul said.
As many as 28 enclosures are to be developed as per the master layout plan of the park and 20 have been completed so far. Beasts listed in the various schedules of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, would be kept here including Asiatic lion, Tiger, Panther, Rusty Spotted Cat, Jungle Civets, Fishing cats, Desert Fox, Rhesus monkey and Langurs, Chowsingha, Black Bucks, Chinkara, Sloth and Black Bear, Wolf, Ratels, Alligators ,Crocodiles etc. There would be enclosures for Porcupines, Hyena, Fox, Jackal, HedgeHogs and Butterfly house too.
A male and female Panther from Junagarh’s Sakkarbagh Zoo in Gujarat will be soon shifted here.