CZA sanctions conservation of Indian Pangolin in Nandankanan

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 7 (UNI) Looking at the success of rearing the Indian Pangolin inside the Nandankanan Zoo, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has sanctioned a conservation breeding programme of the mammal.

Zoo Director Ajit Kumar Pattnaik said Nandankanan was the only zoo in the country which had been successfully rearing the Indian Pangolin.

A customised breeding enclosure had been designed to stimulate and meet the biological need of this small mammal by the park, the Director said ,adding it was a matter of great joy and pride that the animal responded to it and a baby was born in the newly custom made enclosure.

The zoo, he said, had the distinction of successfully breeding and releasing the highly threatened Gharial in various stretch of the Mahanadi.

The Park had also initiated a conservation breeding programme for the highly threatened white- backed vulture in collaboration with the Bombay Natural History Society with the funding support from the CZA.

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