Manipur zoo gets a veterinary hospital building and Slow Loris enclosure


Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 12, 2019:  Forest and environment minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today inaugurated a veterinary hospital building and Slow Loris enclosure at Manipur Zoological Garden, Lamphelpat.

The veterinary hospital has an operation theatre, X-ray room, examination room, lab, sterile room, doctor’s room, staff room, inpatient ward for herbivores and carnivores quarantine rooms. The veterinary team includes veterinary surgeon and animal attendants to take care of the medical needs of the animals.

Shyamkumar said depending upon the severity of the illness of animals, there is provision to either isolate or shift the animal to in-patient ward or keep the animal for further care, monitoring and treatment. Quarantine unit will accommodate newly acquired animals and sick animals suspected for contagious diseases, he added.

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The minister appealed to the people of the state to protect and preserve the wildlife of the state. He said human beings cannot live without the biodiversity.

He also appealed to the people to contribute in protecting and preserving the wildlife and environment of the state. He hoped that the veterinary hospital will be able to timely check the health condition of the animals in the zoo.
The Slow Loris enclosure has three paddock area with an area of 150 squre metre each to meet the animal’s biological requirements, movements, night shelter, kraal and keeper’s gallery. Slow Loris being a nocturnal and secretive animal, each paddock has tree, dead branches as enrichment component to escape from direct interaction with visitors and to escape and save itself from aggression of other animals, the minister said.

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The Central Zoo Authority approved Rs 216.77 lakhs as 90 percent share and Rs 24.018 lakh as the 10 percent state share to the Manipur Zoo for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively.

The minister was accompanied by principal chief conservator of forests Kereilhouvi Angami  and Manipur Zoological Garden director Gaithaolu Thaimei among other officials.
The garden was established on October 2, 1976. It covers an area of about 8 hectares. It is a home to about 400 species of animals and birds.


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