New Delhi: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Monday, said that the government is working towards the upgradation and development of 160 zoos in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) across the country to encourage interaction between wildlife and humans, and help people observe and understand wildlife behaviour more closely.
“Children like visiting zoos and to enhance their experience, these facilities must be maintained properly. There are 160 zoos in the country. We will soon come up with a new plan for upgradation and expansion of zoos across the country and we will set aside a budget for it, which will be announced in the next year’s budget session,” Javadekar said.
The Union Minister informed that policy for upgradation and development of all the zoos in the country is underway and will be taken up during the upcoming budget.
Javadekar further added that the state governments, corporations, businesses and people will all be key elements of the plan.
“It will help give enhanced experience to the visitors especially the students and children and the future generation in order to nurture the connect between wildlife, nature and humans,” he said.
SP Yadav, member secretary of the CZA said that the authority, established to oversee the functioning of Indian zoos and complement the wildlife conservation strategies, as on today recognizes around 160 zoo and rescue centers that enforce global standards in animal housing and welfare.
“Over 567 captive animal species (with 114 species under endangered category) with overall 56481 individual animals are currently housed in various zoos in the country,” he said.