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DEATH OF TIGERS IN ZOOS

5 Dec 2016
Rajya Sabha


2130.    DR. VINAY P. SAHASRABUDDHE:    
Will the Minster of ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND  CLIMATE CHANGE be pleased to state:

(a)    the number of tigers died in zoos located in various States across the country, during the last three years;
(b)    the permanent solution being contemplated by Government by going beyond old policies in order to check the ever increasing death of tigers; and
(c)    the details of reasons as to why illegal poaching continues unabated despite the rules put in place to prevent it?

MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE (SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)

(a)         The details of number of tigers died in zoos in various states across the country during last three years is at Annexure-I..

(b)    The important steps taken to check death of tigers in zoos include the following:


(i)    The Central Zoo Authority has stipulated standards/norms under Recognition of Zoo Rules, 2009 for development and planning, housing and animal enclosures, upkeep and healthcare, veterinary care and infrastructure etc. in the zoos for better management of captive wild animals including tigers.

(ii)     The Central Zoo Authority has issued following directives to all recognized zoos in the country:


(a)    Suggested Health Monitoring Protocol for Zoos.
(b)    Monitoring of Hygiene and Incidence of Blood Borne Disease in Zoos.
(c)    Supply of quality feed for Zoo Animals.
(d)    Population control measures for Lions, Tigers and common ungulates.


(iii)    The Central Zoo Authority has designated the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly as National  Referral Centre for disease diagnosis and care of wild animals.


( c )    Human wildlife conflicts, lucrative prices of wildlife and derived products are mainly responsible for poaching of tigers in the country. All possible steps are taken to control poaching of tigers and other wildlife as per provisions of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.