Finally, the shifting of wild animals from Gorewada Rescue Centre to Indian Safari enclosures in Gorewada Zoo has commenced. The team of experts has been shifted two tigers, two sloth bears and seven leopards in last four days. Earlier Forest Minister Sanjay Rathod had issued orders to start the Indian Safari of Gorewada Zoo for public.
Divisional manager Pramod Panchbhai stated that following the same, FDCM is working hard and likely to start the zoo in December. “Four more sloth bear are left for shifting from the Centre to the zoo and it will be done soon. All the animals have been kept in different cells in the Indian Safari enclosures. This is being done to acclimatise them in new place ahead of opening the Safari for visitors. We are observing their feeding habit and their behavior inside the cage and after 15-20 days we will release them in 25 hectare enclosure. “He said.
During the process of shifting the animals in the zoo, the team used food to lure the animals into the trap cages and every animal was friendly while the process. The team has shifted one male and one female tiger and both have been kept in the cage before releasing in the zoo. When the team got to know that the animals would be shifted for Safari, they were closely monitoring their food habits and their daily behaviour. The tigers and leopards were lured with pieces of beef and the sloth bears were attracted by honey to enter the cages.