Cam­eras at zoo to check feed­ing

Deccan Chronicle - - City - KI­RAN REDDY ALTHURU | DC

There have been com­plaints re­gard­ing the qual­ity and quan­tity of food given to an­i­mals housed in zoos, and the Cen­tral Zoo Au­thor­ity (CZA) has de­cided to keep a vis­ual record of the food.

The CZA has or­dered CCTV cam­eras to be in­stalled for the pur­pose, with ad­e­quate num­ber of per­son­nel to do the mon­i­tor­ing.

The CZA di­rected the zoos to en­hance sur­veil­lance in places of pro­cure­ment, stor­age, pro­cess­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of food for the an­i­mals. The CZA or­dered zoos to main­tain a data­base that could be in­spected by au­tho­rised per­son­nel. Zoos have been in­structed to in­form the cen­tral au­thor­ity about what steps each has taken in this re­gard.

The Nehru Zoo­log­i­cal Park, Hyderabad, has de­cided to en­hance CCTV cov­er­age and es­tab­lish a com­mand and con­trol cen­tre. The zoo has 64 CCTV cam­eras at the en­try, ex­its and ad­min­is­tra­tive points. An­other

450 will be added to mon­i­tor the an­i­mals and their food. Ev­ery en­clo­sure, night house, and night house cage will be un­der sur­veil­lance.

The Nehru Zoo­log­i­cal Park houses 2000 an­i­mals and birds that be­long to

173 species. The sur­veil­lance ef­fort will cost the zoo `5 crore.

Zoo ad­di­tional con­ser­va­tor of forests Maq­sood Mo­hi­ud­din said work would be taken after ap­proval is given. “We are go­ing to in­stall PTZ cam­eras and other track­ing de­vices. We don’t need to worry about the cir­cu­lar as the Hyderabad zoo has al­ways pro­vided good qual­ity and quan­tity of food to an­i­mals” he said.

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