08 November 2018
Bhubaneswar: While the Forest and Environment Department of the Odisha Government is yet to take a decision on tigress Sundari’s future habitat, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has denied permission to shift the wild cat to Nandan Kanan Zoo in Bhubaneswar.
The CZA has cited the norms of the National Zoo Policy, which do not permit the shifting of animals from the wild habitats to zoos, except under special circumstances. CZA Member Secretary, DN Singh has written a letter to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Sandeep Tripathy on this matter.
“As per the strategy to achieve objectives of zoos specified in the National Zoo Policy, 1998, except for obtaining founder animals for approved breeding programme and infusion of new blood into inbred groups, no zoo shall collect animals from the wild,” Singh’s letter stated.
The Central Zoo Authority acted on a complaint filed by a wildlife activist after media reports emerged about the option of shifting Sundari from Satkosia tiger reserve to Nandan Kanan. “You are requested to consider the pros and cons and take a decision in accordance with the National Zoo Policy,” the letter added.
Sundari was brought to Odisha's Satkosia Tiger Reserve from Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on June 28. She was released into the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in August as part of the tiger relocation project in August.
Following its release, Sundari allegedly killed two persons, including a woman and injured a youth in Hatibari area of Angul district. She was tranquilised on Tuesday (November 6) and is currently housed in the Raiguda enclosure of Satkosia reserve.