Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoo to reopen on Tuesday

Hyderabad: Chimpanzee ‘Suzi’ celebrated its 34th birthday at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on July 15, 2020. The zoo management organised the celebration with the animal keeper and veterinary staff at Suzi’s enclosure duly following Covid-19 protocol. According to Zoo Curator N. Kshitija, a fruit cake with fruits and bread was prepared for Suzi at the Zoo kitchen. The entire enclosure was arranged with different types of fruits and vegetables of Suzi’s choice. (Photo: IANS)

Hyderabad, Oct 3 (IANS) After remaining closed for nearly seven months, Hyderabad’s Nehru Zoological Park will reopen for visitors from Tuesday, the Zoo authorities announced on Saturday.

One of the biggest and most popular zoos in the country, it was closed from March 15 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) Curator N.Kshitija said the Zoo would be re-opened with Standard Operating Procedure for safety of visitors, Zoo staff and animals.

The authorities have requested children below 10 years and adults above 65 years age to avoid visiting the zoo.

Visitors will not be allowed entry without face masks and they have to undergo thermal screening at the entrance. Any visitor with high temperature or any suspected symptoms of Covid-19 will not be permitted to enter the Zoo. They should always maintain social distancing.

Visitors have to use a medicated footbath at the entrance of the Zoo. They should avoid touching barricades and other surfaces so as to minimise chances of spread and contamination. The visitors shall move along the designated pathway only, the official said.

Spitting in the Zoo premises is strictly prohibited and is punishable with a fine of Rs 1,000.

Outside food is allowed, but the visitors have to eat food at the designated eating places identified for the purpose. Sanitisers will be installed in places like ticket counters, entrance, exits, toilets etc.

Battery Operated Vehicles (BOVs) will run with 50 per cent occupancy to maintain social distance.

Security persons will be placed at places where huge crowds are anticipated to monitor social distancing among visitors. Sign boards will be erected informing Covid protocol at several locations.

Guest house booking will not be allowed. Facilities like Nocturnal House, Aquarium, Fossil Museum, and Natural History Museum will not be opened for visitors for some time.

The ticket counter personnel, security personnel, BOV drivers have to wear face shields as they have to interact with the public.

Meanwhile, a teenage girl student on Saturday adopted a lion at the Zoo on World Animal Welfare Day.

Akshita Rao Gamji, a 12th standard student, adopted an African lion in memory of her grandfather.

Accompanied by her parents, she handed over a cheque of Rs.1 lakh towards the adoption of the lion for one year.

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