The tigress, Barkha, is six years outdated. She’s going to type a pair with Karan, who can be aged round 6. (Consultant picture)

The Delhi zoo has obtained a Royal Bengal tigress, the primary in six years, from the Kanpur zoo for breeding proposes underneath an animal change programme, officers mentioned on Thursday.

The tigress, Barkha, is six years outdated. She’s going to type a pair with Karan, who can be aged round 6.

The Delhi zoo didn’t have a Royal Bengal tigress for six years regardless of it being a collaborating zoo for the Conservation Breeding Programme of Bengal Tiger, in response to its Director Ramesh Pandey.

In response to the Central Zoo Authority, the Conservation Breeding Programme is a science of conserving a species by stopping imminent inhabitants collapse within the wild because of numerous eliminative pressures reminiscent of habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, industrialisation, poaching, unlawful commerce and local weather change, and so on.

The Delhi zoo had three Royal Bengal tigers until a 12 months in the past.

One of many three tigers, eight-year-old Rama died on the zoo in September final 12 months because of kidney failure. He was introduced from the Mysore zoo in 2014.

At current, the zoo has two male Royal Bengal tigers — B2 or Bittu and Karan — and 7 white tigers — three females and 4 males.

Officers mentioned 15-year-old Bittu was not in good well being and studies recommend very excessive presence of creatinine that impacts the functioning of kidneys.

Lately, the Delhi zoo acquired 5 species — wild boar, black and gray partridge, golden pheasant, Eurasian dove and jungle cat — from Chandigarh’s Chhatbir Zoo.

A male rhino from Patna shall be introduced quickly for breeding functions. There are two feminine rhinos within the Delhi zoo at current, Pandey mentioned.

Additionally it is more likely to purchase chinkara and a pair of ostrich from Chandigarh and a pair of striped hyena from Jaipur.

The final chinkara of the zoo had died in June final 12 months.

“There are round 88 species within the Delhi zoo at current. We hope to extend this quantity to 100 by the 12 months finish,” Pandey mentioned.

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