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Brahminy Kites set hearts aflutter at Delhi zoo (April)

 Officials scout for more animals to enrich its animal pool and keep it robust For those who haven’t made a trip to check out the latest attractions at the National Zoological Park, also popularly called the Delhi zoo, a quick dash is recommended this weekend before the city gets too hot for these outings. Awaiting visitors is an entire gamut of animals and birds many of which have not been studied and admired at such close quarters before. Among the latest line-up that the Delhi Zoo has put on display are – never before seen at the Zoo – a pair of gorgeous and majestic looking Brahminy Kites which are here on exchange from Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

 

Speaking about the pair, Dr. N. Panneer Selvam, Veterinary Officer, National Zoological Park explained: “The Brahminy Kite is a medium-sized bird of prey and found mostly in southern part of India. They are found mainly on the coast and in inland wetlands where they feed on dead fish and other small prey. Adults have a reddish brown plumage and a contrasting white head and breast which distinguishes them from other birds of prey.” “The birds have adjusted well at the Zoo and seem to be popular among the visitors,” he added. The other new entrants and must-see include a pair of gaur (Indian bison) from Mysore Zoo, two male Royal Bengal Tigers also from Mysore along with a pair of golden pheasant. The Zoo has also brought in a pair of beautiful hornbill birds.

 

The Zoo authorities are also in talks with various other zoos in the country to bring in an additional gibbon for breeding. “Also owing to prolonged ill-health of our male rhinoceros, Shiva (brought from Mumbai Zoo), we are in talks with the Kanpur Zoo authorities for a young and healthy male rhinoceros,” said the Veterinary Officer. Efforts are also being made to bring in a wolf (female), giraffe and an African elephant for breeding. “Keeping the Zoo robust is a continuous process and after an overall assessment of the animals we realised that these animals need company. We have been scouting the possibility of bringing in companions for these animals not just for breeding but also to ensure that the animals remain healthy and active,” said Dr. Selvam. Giving more details, Zoo curator R.A. Khan said: “We have already brought in Kalij pheasants, a pair each of Lady Amherst’s pheasant, langurs and a male wolf.”