On Thursday, the state government admitted that a total of 49 exotic animals and birds had died at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wildlife project, the Jungle Safari Park located near the Statue of Unity (SoU) in Kevadia . More than 36% of imported alien species could not survive in the park environment, and about 24% of animals from other Indian zoos could not survive either.
The information was given during the current budget session of the Legislative Assembly in response to a question posed by Congressman Shailesh Parmar from Danilimda Constituency.
Officially, the government admitted that a total of 22 exotic animals were brought from overseas, of which eight animals lost their lives. There were 5 alpacas, 4 llamas, 5 wallabies, giraffes, 3 zebras, 3 wildebeest and 2 oryx among these imported animals and birds. Of these, only three Alpacas, two Llamas, 2 Wallabies, a Giraffe, a Zebra, three Wildebeest and 2 Oryx survived.
Ram Ratan Nala, manager of Jungle Safari, had confirmed that there had been a loss of a giraffe due to a diaphragmatic hernia in March 2020. Six months previously, the Safari had lost another giraffe. A giraffe had died during the landing of the flight bringing it to an airport.
“It’s not surprising. When did the government tell the state assembly the truth? Now democracy is dead and state assembly sessions have become nothing but a formality,” Paresh Dhanani, the former leader of the opposition party (LOP), told IANS.
In total, according to available information, four giraffes were brought, three of which died. But the government’s response Thursday to the national assembly mentions only one surviving giraffe.
“When the Kevadia Safari Park was started, it was developed by the Forest Department, but later it was handed over to the Kevadia Statue of Unity Development Authority. Yes, it is true that initially, four giraffes from abroad had been brought to the park, only one of which survived,” Shyamal Tikadar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PrCCF), Wildlife, told IANS.
According to the minister’s written response, most of the exotic animals and birds brought in from overseas and other states that died suffered from respiratory and circulatory disorders. Other reasons for their death included hypovolemic shock, asphyxia, multiple organ failure, severe abdominal colic, pneumonia, heart failure.
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