Two pairs of zebras from Ramat Gan Safari in Tel Aviv, Israel has added to the attraction of the Jamshedpur Zoological Park. TV Narendran, managing director, Tata Steel also inaugurated the special enclosure.
The proposal to add two pairs of zebras to the animals at the Tata Steel Zoological Park was initiated in August 2014 when a request was made to the Zoological Centre, Ramat Gan Safari, Tel Aviv, known for the largest collection of zebras in West Asia.
After the proposal received an in principle approval from Zoological Centre, Tel Aviv, the Central Zoo Authority too was quickly moved for its approval during November 2014. Thereafter approvals were obtained from other government departments and agencies.
Once the Customs, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and animal quarantine formalities were completed, the parcel van, a parcel van with the zebras was moved to Jamshedpur from Mumbai attached to LTT-Shalimar Express.
A team from Zoo comprising of Manik Palit, Deputy Director Zoo, Mr Binod Sharma and Mr Rajkishore, Animal keepers accompanied the zebras by rail from Mumbai to Tatanaagar. The animals are currently quarantined.
The Tata zoo had sent swabs of the zebras to NRCE after their arrival from Ramat Gan Safari, Tel Aviv, Israel on December 2 last year for Contagious Equine Metrities (CME), a disease affecting the equid family. The research centre, which works under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), finally sent its mandatory certification , declaring that the zebras disease free to the Tata zoo earlier this month.
The zoo management released the zebras from the cells for training after the quarantine period was over this month. The zebras roamed and chased each other for three-four hours in the mornings and evenings.