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Cyclone FANI: Nandankanan To Remain Closed From May 2 To 4

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Bhubaneswar: In order to ensure safety of animals and tourists during the extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI, the Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar will remain shut for visitors from May 2 to 4. As a preparedness measure, holidays of all the employees of the zoo have been cancelled and they are not allowed to avail any nature of leave until further order.

It has been advised that all the fragile branches of the trees outside animal enclosures should be inspected by Special Project Range assisted by Shibaram Sahoo. Similarly, the trees inside the enclosure be inspected by Sanctuary management Range and wherever necessary, steps should be taken immediately to trim the branches. Power chainsaw should be kept ready for trimming the branches during and before onset of cyclone.

All the Ranges have been advised to arrange sufficient quantity of fuel within their jurisdiction to be kept in the stock and all the alternate power supply should be made functional by May 2. While ACF (Visitor Management) Amulya Kumar Parida has been designated as Chief Coordinating Officer for the purpose, all the officers or in-charge of ranges advised to act as per his instruction.

No animals shall be allowed to stay in display and back krall during cyclone as per the practicability and all search light, torch lights and inverter battery must be verified prior to cyclone and repaired if necessary.

It has been advised to engage all vehicles under charge of Store Range for clearance of debris and twigs or tree branches immediately after cyclone to make the visitor path free from debris. Likewise, one hired Bolero vehicle will be under control of Chief Coordinating Officer during cyclone and utilized as and when required depending upon the situation.

While other existing vehicles shall be utilized for the respective usual functions, one similar vehicle along with one tractor with trolley will also be hired for the State Botanical Garden (SBG) under the control of ACF (SBG) to be utilized during the cyclone.

It has also been advised that the branches of the trees likely posing danger to any infrastructures within SBG be removed or trimmed immediately before the cyclone. Sufficient quantity of medicines both for animals and visitors shall be kept reserved in the zoo hospital for precautionary steps against trauma.