Bhubaneswar: Orissa’s Nandankanan Zoo recorded lowest mortality rate in Indian zoos. Dispensing with convention">
Bhubaneswar: Orissa’s Nandankanan Zoo recorded lowest mortality rate in Indian zoos. Dispensing with conventional practice of quarterly vaccination, the zoo has put in place a management system which keeps a tab on parasite load as well as drug efficacy mechanism.
Called the ‘Ecto-Endo Parasite Management’, the ongoing research project has led to a significant improvement in the animal health care in the zoo which recorded a 3.1 per cent mortality rate, probably one of the lowest in Indian zoos.
In 2004-09, the zoo had recorded 90 deaths against 181 births and it went further down to 70 (mortality) and 114 (births) in 2006-07.
This parasite management protocol being developed by the Nandankanan Zoological Park seems to be working wonders for inmates of the animal park and may prove pathbreaking for other zoos of India.
Developed in collaboration with the Centre for Wildlife Health, a centre set up at the Orissa College of Veterinary Science with assistance from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the management practice is key to a declining mortality rate in Nandankanan Zoo. In 2008-09, the mortality fell to 44 against a rise in births which stood at 163.
The project was started with the Pathology Department of the college in collaboration with the zoo under the supervision of coordinator Dr Niranjan Sahoo. The findings of management practice were upgraded for deworming practices basing on the drug efficacy which was observed.