Tiger caught in Wayanad has found a new home at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Kerala
08.07.2024 India Thiruvananthapuram   11
Tiger caught in Wayanad has found a new home at Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Kerala

Recently, a 10-year-old male tiger named Tolpetty 17 was captured from Kenichira in Wayanad. The beautiful tiger found a new home and was transferred to the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo. The animal will undergo a 21-day quarantine at the zoo before being shifted to its designated enclosure.

The tiger was caught by the South Wayanad forest authorities on June 23 after it entered human settlements and killed several heads of cattle. Initially, the plan was to transfer him to Neyyar Lion Safari Park, but this decision was reconsidered and Thiruvananthapuram Zoo was chosen instead due to the need for further medical examination. The zoo currently houses two Royal Bengal tigers and two white tigers.

Dr Nikesh suggested that the injuries observed in the male tiger could be the result of conflicts with other tigers in the forest. Although preliminary medical examinations did not reveal any serious health problems, a final assessment will be carried out only after quarantine. Upon arrival at the zoo, the tiger was given 3 kg of beef, with plans to increase this amount to 4 kg starting Monday.

Usually tigers caught in the wild are not immediately displayed to the public. Similarly, the female tigress Babita, initially placed in a special enclosure, was later shifted to a public enclosure after government approval.

About Thiruvananthapuram Zoo

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Official known as Thiruvananthapuram Zoological Park, is a renowned wildlife destination in the heart of Kerala's capital, Trivandrum. The zoo was founded pre-independence in 1857 by the former Maharaja of Travancore. It is one of the oldest in India and is spread over 55 acres of lush greenery. The zoo, located in the vast grounds of Kanakakkunnu Palace, is a must-visit in Trivandrum.

The zoo is known for its diverse collection of animals, including exotic species such as Royal Bengal tigers, white tigers, Indian lions and Asiatic elephants. Visitors can also observe various species of birds and reptiles living in carefully designed enclosures that mimic natural habitats.

In addition to its role in wildlife conservation and education, the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo offers a tranquil environment for families to explore and nature lovers. It serves as a center for scientific research and breeding programs aimed at conserving endangered species, making a significant contribution to global efforts to conserve biodiversity.

The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo with its scenic setting, educational exhibits and animal welfare continues to attract tourists and locals alike, offering an unforgettable experience amidst the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Kerala.

Source: timesofindia

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