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SOS Rhino : In the News : Swap deal at Delhi zoo

Swap deal at Delhi zoo

The Times of India: Delhi
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2005 11:18:50 PM

NEW DELHI: The National Zoological Park (NZP), has acquired a new one-horned rhinoceros from the Sanjay Gandhi Botanical and Zoological Garden in Patna. The 11-year-old male rhino, Raja, is amongst a host of other animals to have arrived in the city zoo under an exchange programme.

The other animals include a pair each of stump-tailed macaques and porcupines. NZP director B S Bonal, said, "We take up regular exchange programmes of animals so as to prevent the traits or ill-effects of inbreeding. Such programmes are always endorsed by the Central Zoo Authority which alone has the powers to sanction all animal exchanges between zoos across the country."

However, the addition of new members to the existing collection also meant that the zoo had to bid farewell to a four-and-a-half-year-old white tigress, Saraswati, and a 12-year-old male rhino, Ayodhya, on Tuesday. According to Bonal, Saraswati was one of the animals who could be "spared" for the zoo-to-zoo transfer programme. At present, the Delhi zoo has seven white tigers in its kitty.

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