Pune’s Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park in Katraj is taking proactive measures to help its animals combat the rising temperatures in the city. The park administration has started providing coolers and foggers to keep the tigers, lions, and bears cool. The elephants are being given baths three times a day and are being fed with watermelons, muskmelons, and grass.
Ganesh Tole, a caretaker at the zoo for 18 years, said, “As the temperature starts to rise, we have installed foggers, sprinklers and coolers to keep tigers and lions cool. There is no change made in their food as they need flesh. But we try all the other ways to make them feel good. In fact, during night time if the temperature is hot, we start the cooler and fogger after a gap between 6-8 pm.”
The bears are being given an ice cake after every three days, while other animals are being fed with watermelon, muskmelon, tomatoes, and other cooling foods.
Tajuddin Mahout, a caretaker of elephants for the last 19 years, said, “To keep these elephants cool, we give them a bath thrice a day and feed them with watermelon, muskmelon, and grass.”