Bhubaneswar: In process of increasing number of animals in Nandankanan zoological park here, the authorities have decided to bring 18 species from Chennai in exchange of 19 animals.
Among 18 species, there will be a pair of Nilgiri Langur, a pair of reticulated python (Malaysian python), four pairs of white peacock and 10 female Sarang birds to be brought to Nandankanan zoo. In return, a pair of Himalayan bear, a male Siamese crocodile, a pair of water monitor lizard, five pairs of White Ibis and four Openbilled storks (grey cranes) will be deported to Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai on Thursday morning.
According to reports, after medical examination of the animals those will be sent to Chennai, arrangement will be made to take them from the zoo. The male and female Himalayan bears will be put in a special cage. Other animals will be put in baskets and will be transported in a special vehicle. A five-member team headed by veterinary doctor Sharat Sahoo will head for Arignar Anna zoo with the animals.
After reaching Chennai by Friday night, the officials will return Nandankanan with a pair of Nilgiri Langur, a pair of Malaysian python, four pairs of white peacock and 10 Sarang birds. The team is expected to reach Bhubaneswar by Monday.
Notably, after death of a male Nilgiri Langur (22) on March 15, 2012 in Nandankanan, there was no other species of this breed in the zoo. The move for exchanging animals came to attract the tourists by filling the vacant place of the Himalayan Langur in the zoo.