Thiruvananthapuram: Zoos in the country
will no longer have elephants as the Central Zoo Authorities
(CZA) have asked the managers of state-run zoos to hand them
over to Wildlife Departments.
The CZA recently issued an order in this regard as it
saw the zoological parks lacking in space and facilities for
keeping the pachyderms in conditions conducive for such a
large animal, Kerala state Wildlife Warden K P Ouseph said.
Based on the order zoos in the state would be asked to
hand them over to the wildlife department and they would be
rehabilitated in the elephant camps run by the department,
“Elephant is a big animal. In most of the zoos they are
not properly kept in their limited environs. Also, maintaining
them is expensive”, he said.
The CZA circular said for want of space, the elephants
are kept in chains in most of the zoos, affecting their
physical and mental health.
The safety of the people visiting the zoos was cited as
another reason for taking this decision. The jumbos get
annoyed and could turn violent in times of ‘musth.’ This would
compel the zoo keepers to keep them in chains for long,
some time for weeks.
The zoo here, the biggest in the state, has two
elephants, one male and female. According to Ouseph, they
would be rehabilitated in one of the five elephant camps
managed by the Wildlife Department.