Mysuru Zoo Ranked Second Best in CZA Rating

The century-old Mysuru Zoo has been rated “very good” by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), which conducted the Zoo Management Effectiveness Assessment of India 2022. Medium and large zoos in the countries were thoroughly assessed in the first-ever CZA exercise.

Although Mysuru Zoo was rated as “Very Good” among the top zoos in the evaluation by the experts, yet it ranks second as Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai got a score of 83 points and was rated “very good” by the CZA. . Mysuru Zoo scored 80 points but was rated “very good” in the assessment given its best management practices and standards.

Expressing his delight at the rating, executive director Ajit Kulkarni said the assessment was carried out for the first time by the CZA and a team of experts visited the zoo to assess the zoo and its practices. “All the suggestions that have been made for the improvement of the zoo will be implemented. Further action, as approved by the CZA, will be considered,” he said.

Among the average zoos, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling is ranked the best, according to the assessment report.

The CZA in its report stated that the mission, vision, objectives and strategies are primarily identified at Mysuru Zoo but should be systematically formulated and documented in accordance with the National Zoos Policy. The zoo was asked to make efforts to match all the animals.

Additionally, conservation breeding programs for Gaur, Nilgiri Langur, Lion-tailed Macaque, Dhole, Indian Gray Wolf, etc., can be managed with improved scientific rigor and the development of detailed breeding plans. conservation, including genetic profiling, individual name marking. for identification, community engagement plan, soft release plan and release site survey, the CZA said in its assessment of Mysuru Zoo.

The management of Mysuru Zoo is to pursue the development of an interpretation center, according to the report.

Citing Mysuru Zoo Best Practices in its assessment, the CZA said the zoo is one of the self-sufficient zoos. Over the past two decades, the zoo administration has introduced many interventions, innovations and programs – from waste management policy to a flexible animal adoption program. After waste separation, biodegradable waste is used to make biogas, vermicompost and manure on campus itself. Biogas is used in zoo kitchens. The zoo has links with various NGOs for the recycling of plastic waste. The zoo harvests 79 million liters of rainwater through managed infrastructure changes. The surrounding zoo areas and farmers have also benefited from the system as no boreholes come out of water during the summer. The zoo also provides free RO drinking water to visitors. Seventy percent of the water that is wasted by reverse osmosis units is reused on zoo premises.

The CZA said the MEE assessment is an inclusive exercise – the assessment is based on the information and documentation produced by the zoo and the detailed site visit.

The actionable points derived from the assessment, along with the pillars of change indicated in the Vision Plan for Indian Zoos (2021-2031), can become the catalyst for transformation, build innovation and leadership and help zoos to provide experiences that inspire visitors to consider conservation. take action and affirm a deeper community connection, concluded the CZA in its assessment, a report of which was provided by The Hindu.

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