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Assam CM announces Rs 350 cr upgradation plan for State Zoo

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Guwahati, Dec 9: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has informed that the state government has made a proposal to make Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden one of the best zoos in India. He informed that Rs. 350 crore upgradation plans have been proposed for the zoo.

CM Sarma also informed that the works for zoos in Silchar and Dibrugarh are likely to begin soon.

He said, “It is in tender process now. Unlike Assam State Zoo, it will be an open zoo where animals will roam and visitors will be inside vehicles. It might take three to four years to complete.”

In addition, he shared that a newly born giraffe at Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden in Guwahati has finally got a name, suggested by citizen. The giraffe has been named Parijat, suggested by one Piya Kalita.

The CM had triggered a game of suggesting names for a giraffe born in the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, also known as the Guwahati Zoo.

Taking to X, he announced the birth of a female calf born to Vijay, a male giraffe brought from Mysore in 2019, and Vijaya the female from Patna in 2022. The giraffes were brought under an animal exchange programme.

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“We received around 350 suggestions from the citizens and after a lucky draw, the giraffe was named Parijat suggested by one Piya Kalita,” Sarma said.

He said, “The giraffe calf was rejected by the mother after birth. The zoo authorities then called an expert from Mumbai, Tushar Kulkarni, and took special care of the giraffe by feeding it 7.5 litres of milk daily.”

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