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Two new Zoos one each in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh granted recognition by Central government


Context: At the 37th General Body meeting of Central Zoo Authority chaired by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, two new zoos the Rajgir Zoo Safari in Nalanda, Bihar and Shaheed Ashfaque Ullah Khan Prani Udyaan in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh were granted recognition.

Rajgir Zoo Safari, Nalanda, Bihar

  • Rajgir Zoo Safari, is established exclusively comprising on only safari enclosures which, on contrary to conventional enclosure, offer larger space for captive animals.
  • The zoo proposes to house Lion, Bear, Tiger, Leopard and a mixed safari of common herbivore species such as Spotted Deer, Sambar among others.

Shaheed Ashfaque Ullah Khan Prani Udyaan, Gorakhpur, U.P.

  • The zoo is situated in the spiritual land of Gorakhpur and has a high visitation.
  • The zoo features enclosures for a range of birds, herbivores and carnivores.
  • The zoo aims to create awareness through naturalistic enclosures and create long-lasting visitor experience through state-of-the-art visitor facilities like 4D Theatre, battery-operated train and accessibility to Divyangjan.

About the Central Zoo Authority

  • Central Zoo Authority was established as a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment & Forests by the Government of India in the year 1992.
  • The Central Zoo Authority has been constituted under the section 38A of Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972.
  • The CZA is chaired by the Environment Minister and tasked with regulating zoos across the country.
  • It is responsible for oversight of zoos. It is an affiliate member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)