Anacondas coming to Trivandrum Zoo

The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has given the nod to the zoo’s proposal to bring over the anacondas.

Some months ago, zoo directors and veterinarians from several States and a few neighbouring countries got together at a workshop at Darjeeling. There, an idea was mooted to transfer Anacondas from Sri Lanka to Trivandrum city zoo.

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Now, the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has given the nod to the zoo’s proposal to bring over the anacondas. However, the City Zoo must obtain clearance from the Directorate of Foreign Trade and from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) within six months.

“The CZA’s sanction will expire in six months. We must get the snakes over before that,” said zoo vet Jacob Alexander.

Six anacondas will be transferred to Trivandrum City Zoo. Initially, they will be placed in quarantine which is a legal requirement. During the quarantine period, the snakes will not be put on display. Once the period is over, they will be shifted to enclosure which now houses the Indian Rock Python. Given the sizes to which these Amazonian giants grow, the zoo authorities will have to come up with a bigger enclosure within 2-3 years.

“Anacondas have this reputation for being man-hunting, vengeful creatures. One easily associates the behaviour of these snakes with what is shown in the movie series ‘Anaconda.’ One reason why we wish to bring over these snakes is to dispel myths about their behaviour patterns.” the zoo vet told ‘ – The Hindu.

The Zoo authorities are also planning to bring White Tiger, nilgai, rhesus monkey, barking deer, white ibis, red jungle fowl and painted stork. The zoo also plans to bring giraffe and zebra, but there are no zoos in the country that have these animals in surplus.  Bringing these animals from other countries is both difficult and expensive.

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