North East

Assam Zoo’s animal exchange programme with Nagaland

GUWAHATI, MAY 6: The State Zoo has initiated an animal exchange programme with Dimapur Zoo. The State Zoo is sending a male capped langur and getting a female capped langur from Nagaland.
“Today our animal is going to Nagaland. And on Monday, we will get a new inmate from Dimapur,” Zoo DFO Tejas Mariswamy said.
The Assam Zoo had only male capped langurs and Dimapur Zoo had only female langurs and no male ones. “So the purpose of the exchange is to pair the animals for breeding,” the DFO said.
This is the first time an animal exchange between Assam and Nagaland is taking place.
In March, the State Zoo got a royal Bengal Tiger from Mysore Zoo through an exchange programme. There are 4 female tigers in the zoo here at present, 2 of them white. The State Zoo authorities are planning to breed the tigers.
Plans are also afoot to get a couple of crocodiles from Kanpur. Currently, there are around 1,100 inmates in the zoo. (Courtesy: AT)