A cake will be cut and there will be gifts for the “birthday girl”, India’s oldest living chimpanzee.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two zoological parks in Uttar Pradesh faced difficulty in supply of beef meant for feeding carnivorous animals following a ban imposed by the state government on illegal slaughter houses, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan in a written reply to the Upper House said apart from these two zoos situated in Lucknow and Kanpur, no other zoo in the country faced any difficulty in feeding the carnivorous inmates. “As per information received from the Central Zoo Authority, only Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, Lucknow and Kanpur Zoological Park, of Uttar Pradesh faced difficulty in the supply of beef for carnivorous animals due to ban on illegal slaughter houses,” he said. The minister was asked whether carnivorous animals in various zoos of the country were facing inconvenience in their food consumption due to the unavailability of beef. “The carnivorous animals of above mentioned two zoos were served with goat meat (mutton) instead of buffalo meat,” Vardhan said. After coming to power, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered closure of illegal slaughter houses and strict enforcement of the ban on cow smuggling to fulfil a key electoral promise.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>How about visiting the Delhi Zoo and getting clicked in front of your favourite animal’s enclosure for a personalised postage stamp? Soon this may become a reality with the Department of Posts proposing to team up with the National Zoological Park to set up ‘My Stamp’ counter on the zoo premises. “We have got a proposal from India Post with regard to selling personalised postage stamps to zoo visitors. In a bid to create awareness about wildlife conservation, the stamp templates will have photographs of various birds and animals. The visitors can also get themselves clicked in front of their favourite animal or bird enclosure,” a senior zoo official said. He said the details of the project have not been finalised yet, he said. “The Department of Posts wishes to promote its ‘My Stamp’ service at the Delhi Zoo. My Stamp is a brand name for personalised sheets of ‘commemorative’ postage stamps of India Post,” read the proposal. “India Post now makes it possible for everyone to have his/her own stamp. My Stamp can be a part of detachable regular postage stamp and used for mailing purposes,” it said. The zoo official said a single sheet costing Rs 300 will have 12 personalised stamps and that the visitors can select from different templates on which the stamps will be printed. The stamps will be available in the denomination of Rs 5 and can be used for mailing, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 24 animals died in various zoos of the country due to heat stroke and cold triggered by extreme weather conditions in 2016-17, the government said today. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said extreme heat and cold conditions affect the health of wildlife in zoological parks, which sometimes result in their death. According to annual inventory report for the year 2016-17, ten White ibis housed in Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park in Tirupati and an equal number of long-snouted crocodiles in Mini Zoo at Bhiwani in Haryana, died of heat stroke and cold respectively. One Nilgai each in Sayajibaug Zoo in Vadodara and Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park in Bokaro as well as a Gaur in Van Vihar National Park Zoo in Bhopal died of heat stroke durung the same period, he said. One Kalij pheasant at Gandhi Zoological Park in Gwalior died of cardiac arrest caused by heat stroke, the minister said while quoting the report. Vardhan said the government has taken various steps for upkeep and healthcare of animals housed in zoos across the country, including framing Recognition of Zoo Rules, 2009 for health, upkeep and veterinary care of animals. It has also asked the states to constitute a Health Advisory Committee to advise zoo operators on animal healthcare related matters. The Indian Veterinary Research Institute at Bareilly has been designated as National Referral Centre for extending necessary help to the zoos for health and veterinary care of the captive wild animals, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Undertake environment-friendly activities every day and send details about it to the ministry so that it can be publicised, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan told the public today. The environment minister also said that 35 officials of his ministry would campaign to start a people’s movement and take the ‘cleanliness mission’ (Swacchhta Abhiyaan) to the 125 crore people of the country. The minister exhorted people to undertake one small environment-friendly act every day. He was speaking at the concluding function of the ministry’s ‘Swacchhta Pakhwada’ (cleanliness fortnight) at the National Zoological Park here. “Our motive is to create a big public movement under which we will create environment guardians across the country. “We appeal to them (people) to make contributions in conservation of river, energy, trees, animal among others and we will put their contributions on our websites which we will be created soon by ministry,” he said. State forest officers, officials from other institutions under the ministry, school and college students, scouts and guides, NSS and common people will be involved in the movement, he said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of delivering a ‘New India’ by 2022, he said though ‘Swacchhta Pakhwada’ concluded today, the spirit of the campaign would continue uninterrupted throughout the year. He said when the entire world discusses issues related to climate change, global warming and environment protection, it (world) is also looking with hope towards India. “The world believes that India’s culture and philosophy possesses the inspiration and energy, which can spell welfare of the entire mankind. “Protection of environment, forests, nature and rivers has been taught to us by our ancestors. The inherent richness and strength of our culture is our legacy. The day we renew the pledge to protect the environment, we will be able to regain the old glory,” he said. Modi has said that the threat of global warming and climate change is looming large on the entire world and to fight it, India has to lead the entire world. The environment minister also asked the Delhi National Zoological Park director to make the facility a world-class one. Environment secretary Ajay Narayan Jha said that the ministry has an ecosystem in each state, comprising various institutions including Central and State Pollution Control Boards, Forest Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, Zoological Survey of India, Eco-clubs NGOs and this strength needs to be connected to the cleanliness campaign. Another feature of ‘Swacchhta Pakhwada’ included cleaning of four railway stations by the Science Express Climate Action Special train, which is presently running in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Harsh Vardhan also administered a green pledge to reuse and reduce the waste, plant more trees and conserve energy and water, on the occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)