IGZP initiates new project for micro-chipping of animals

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Visakhapatnam, Oct 7 (UNI) The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) Zoo Curator Rahul Pandey today said the Zoo authorities had initiated a new project for micro-chipping of the animals and a team of veterinarians implanted the first Microchip to regularise and monitor endangered species.

Talking to UNI here on the occasion of '54th Wildlife Week Celebrations', he said the Microchip project would keep track of animals. It is, however, difficult to track down the history of animals, especially when they were sent to other Zoos as part of animal exchange programmes, he added.

Mr Pandey said the micro-chipping serves a mark of identification for the lions, tigers, rhinos, elephants and other endeangered species. The nation's old lion in captivity, 'Arjun' completed 25-years in October this year, he added.

He said the Zoo was also planning to procure breed of Asiatic Lions from the Hyderabad Zoo, apart from initiating measures to bring in new species soon.

Various competitions were organised and prizes distributed to school children, marking the occasion.

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