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White tiger couple in Jaipur Zoo?

Last Updated: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 10:49

Jaipur: Here`s some good news! Visitors may soon be able to enjoy the presence of a white tiger (albino) couple in Jaipur Zoo -- if its proposal gets a nod from the Central Zoo Authority.

Touted to be one of the most vibrant zoological parks in India, Jaipur Zoo mooted the proposal of getting a white tiger couple two months back considering the old age of the
albino tigress "Reshma", who unfortunately died at the age of 23-and-half years on October 21.

"Jaipur Zoo has been famous for white tigress and we want such features continue in the zoo so we forwarded a proposal to Central Zoo Authority seeking permission to exchange one white tiger and one white tigress from Delhi Zoo with a pair of wolves from Jaipur.

"The Delhi Zoo Director has agreed for the exchange and we are now waiting for approval from the Central Zoo Authority in this regard which is likely soon," Ajay Gupta, the Director of Jaipur Zoo, told PTI.

In fact, Reshma had always been a centre of attraction for visitors due to her different appearance caused by the genetic disorder. "The white coloured big cat attracted
visitors for several years," he added.

The Jaipur Zoo, which is visited by almost 10 lakh people every year, has a rare white peacock and a black panther also besides five big cats.


First Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 10:49
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