Rajiv Gandhi National Zoo becomes new home for two tigers

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Pune Municipal Corporation run Rajiv Gandhi National Zoo in Katraj is now home to two tigers. These tigers have been brought from Aurangabad Municipal Corporation’s Siddharth Zoo in exchange of two Nilgai (Boselahus Tragocamelus). At present, Siddharth Zoo has 14 tigers including five cubs.

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Rajkumar Jadhav, director, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and Wildlife Research Centre while speaking to Pune Pulse said, “PMC was planning to get these tigers since last year. But due to Covid pandemic it was not possible. Now with relaxation in the restrictions this exchange happened. They are undergoing mandatory quarantine period at the zoo. These tigers, named, Bhakti (4 years) and Arjun (7 years) are being quarantined as per the protocol.”

The Katraj zoo, unlike the city’s gardens, has yet to be opened by the PMC due to a lack of approval from the Central Zoo Authority and the state government. “We desire tigers of a distinct bloodline, so the pair of tigers will assist us in breeding with our existing tigers. We currently have six tigers, three of which are male and two of which are older, said director of the zoo.

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