A proposal was put forth by the Maharashtra Zoo Authority (MZA), a statutory body constituted to monitor zoos, for adopting animals that are in the state zoos and rescue centres. In the first-ever meeting of the governing council of MZA, the members put forth the plan for approval. At present, there are nine zoos, four rescue centres and four transit treatment centres in Maharashtra under the governance of MZA.
MZA was formed on December 30, 2015, whereas the governing council was set up in the year 2016. The council, which comprises of 16 members, will hold a meeting at the Van Sabhagruha on Thursday. Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar will chair the meeting where additional chief secretaries for finance and planning, principal secretary urban development, animal husbandry, head of forest force (HoFF), PCCF (wildlife), FDCM managing director, zoo expert Anil Anjankar and Rajendra Jadhav of zoological park in Pune, and Kishor Rithe, president of Satpuda Foundation, will also be present.
While speaking to TOI, Sudhakar Dole, chief conservator of forests (CCF) and member-secretary of MZA, said, “The animal adoption scheme proposal will be put forward before the council meeting on Thursday. The MZA has also sought budgetary allocation of Rs 1.40 crore for 2018-19.”
Another important agenda up for discussion is the idea of leopard safaris in Chandrapur, Pune, Borivali, and Amravati. The agenda also includes a discussion item of accepting donations and assessing the progress of Gorewada international zoo.
Dole disclosed the charges for adoption which are as follows: Rs. 3.30 lakh for tiger, Rs. 1.20 lakh for leopard and Rs. 80,000 for herbivore. The charges are the same for individuals and parties.
“We will put a display board near the cages about the person/firm adopting the animals. For adoption of animals in rescue centre, there will be restriction as animals are not for public display,” said Dole.
Talking about whether the scheme has already been adopted by Gorewada zoo, Dole said, “The scheme will be clubbed with MZA. The adoption scheme will be streamlined.”
Information source: timesofindia
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