Nandan Kanan Safe For Inhabitants, Death Rate Far Less Compared To Other Zoos: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Forest, Environment and Climate Change Department Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said that city-based iconic zoological park Nandan Kanan is safe for its inhabitants, the birds, animals and reptiles.

Arukh was responding to a question posed by senior Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati over deaths in Nandan Kanan zoo over the past five years, in the Assembly on Tuesday.

While Bahinipati said that everyday there is a death of an animal, bird, or reptile, reported from the zoo, the Minister denied this. “The deaths (of the zoo inhabitants) in Nandan Kanan in recent times, has been due to clashes, infections, old-age related problems, delivery related issues, etc.

The death rate of animals and birds in Nandan Kanan is far more less than that in other Zoological Parks in India, said Arukh.

According to the data presented by Arukh in the House, total 173 mammals, 165 birds, and 16 reptiles have died in Nandan Kanan during 2016 to 2021. The total number of deaths during the last five years is 354.

Similarly, total 1,134 animals, birds and reptiles took birth in Nandan Kanan during 2016 – 2021.