The three infected lions at Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), popularly known as Vandalur Zoo here, are responding “very slowly” to treatment and every effort is being made to help them recover, a senior said on Monday. responsible for the zoo. .
Of the 14 lions in the zoo, 3 lions react very slowly to treatment. “However, every effort is being made by the zoo’s team of veterinarians in coordination with experts from the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal University (TANUVAS) to ensure that they recover,” the deputy director said. of the park. Officials briefed Tamil Nadu’s Forestry Minister K Ramachandran in detail on the lion’s current state of health during his visit to AAZP on Monday and reviewed measures taken by zoo officials to prevent the spread. of the coronavirus as well as the health of the lions. infected with SARS CoV2. The Minister visited the lion safari area where 7 lions were recently infected with the SARS CoV2 virus and discussed their state of health with the veterinarians treating the animals.
He said he was satisfied with the measures taken by the zoo management to limit the spread of the virus and called on the authorities and veterinarians to take all possible measures to improve the health of the infected lions. AAZP Director Debasis Jana briefed the Minister on the various measures taken to reduce COVID-19 at the zoo premises, including thermal scanning, social distancing, UV irradiation of food, full vaccination of the zoo staff, disinfection of animal enclosures and mandatory PPE for staff working near animal enclosures, the deputy director said in a statement.
Senior Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Head of Department S Yuvaraj, PCCF and Chief Wildlife Custodian Syed Muzammil Abbas and Deputy Director Naga Sathish Gidijala were among those present during the discussion. The minister later visited the chimpanzee enclosure and inquired about the health of the newborn chimpanzee.