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Govt. of West Bengal established the West Bengal Zoo Authority in the year  2010 for the development and scientific management of govt. controlled zoos in the state.The West Bengal Zoo Authority is a 14 members body of the decision makers and experts from the field. There are 12 nos Govt. controlled zoos in the state of West Bengal which are presently being managed by the Zoo Authority.The West Bengal Zoo Authority is also managing/funding eight number specially established Conservation Breeding Centres in the state.
 

The Main objective of zoos as par the National Zoos Policy,1998 is to complement and strenghten the national efforts in the conservation of rich biodiversity of the country partcularly, the wild  fauna. The objective can be achieved through co-ordinated conservation breeding of the endangered species and raising stock for rehabilitating them in the wild as and when it is appropriated and desirable, Conservation education and research for Conservation.The  zoos shall also continue to function as rescue centre for seized, diseased, orphaned or old wild animals by providing appropriate housing and up keep.The zoos are managed as per the standards and norms prescribed in the Recognition of Zoos Rules,2009

INAUGURATION OF DIFFERENT ENCLOSURES: 

 

A.  Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal laid down foundation stone of Bengal Safari (North Bengal Wild Animals Park).  Siliguri on 17.07.2014.

 

B.  Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal named the pair of Adabara Tortoise as ‘Katha’ and ‘Kali‘.

 

C.  Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal laid down foundation stone of Sundarban Wild Animals Park, Jharkhali on 08.12.2014.

 

D. Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal inaugurated the North Bengal Wild Animals Park (Bengal Safari) on 21st January, 2016 at Siliguri. 

 

E.  Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal inaugurated Tiger Safari at the North Bengal Wild Animals Park (Bengal Safari) on 22nd January, 2017 at Siliguri. 

Publications during 2014-15:-

 

Following publications were made by the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling during

 

1) Roka, B. and Jha, A. K. Census of red Panda 9Ailurus fulgens) at Singalila national Park and its surrounding area, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. Zoos’ Print, Volume XXIX, Number 4, April 2014.

 

2)  Rai , S., Jha , A.K.  and Rai U. Behavioural Observation of Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) at new off display breeding centre of Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.Zoos’ Print, Volume XXIX, Number 4, April 2014.

 

3)  Kumar,  P., Pradhan , U., Chettri , V and Jha , A.K. Hematological and Biochemical values of Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling. ZOO’s PRINT, Vol XXIX, No. 7, July 2014.

 

4)  Kumar P., Pradhan,  U., Chettri , V and Jha , A.K. Optimizing dosage of ketamine and Xylazine in Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological park, Darjeeling. ZOO’s PRINT, Vol XXIX, No. 7, July 2014.

 

5)  Kumar P., Pradhan , U., Chettri , V and Jha,  A. K. Hematological and Biochemical values of Red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling. ZOO’s PRINT, Vol XXIX, No. 8, August 2014.

 

6)  Gupta P., Rai, U. and Jha , A.K. Feeding enrichment and its effects on Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens), Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) and Asiatic Black bear (Ursus thibetanus) in Padmaja Naidu Himalayn Zoological Park, Darjeeling. Indian Zoo year Book, Vol. VIII, 2014.

 

7)   Mitra,  A and Jha,  A. K. A  short note on environmental enrichment and their effect on the behaviour of captive pheasants at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling.  Indian Zoo year Book, Vol. VIII, 2014.

 

8)  Roka , B., Jha,  A. K. and Rai , U. Breeding Behaviour of red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) in Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling, West Bengal. ZOO’s PRINT, Vol XXX, No. 1, January 2015.

 

9)   Mitra , A., Gupta , P., Roka,  B., Rai,  U and Jha,  A.K.-  A case on Gynandry in the Lady Amherst’s Pheasant. ZOO’s PRINT, Vol XXX, No. 2, February 2015.

 

10)  Gupta , P amd Jha , A. K. Study of feeding pattern and total feeding time of captive Red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens). Vol XXX, No. 3, March 2015.

 

11)   Working Manual of Red Panda Conservation Breeding Programme.

 

12)   Working manual of Snow Leopard Conservation Breeding Programme.

 

 

 

Publications during 2015-16 :-

 

Following publications were made during the year 2015-16:-

 

1.   Arun Kumar, Bhupen Roka, Upashna Rai and P. Anuradha Reddy. (2015): “Molecular sex  identification of red panda   (Ailurus fulgens) suitable for non-invasive genetic studies.” European Journal of Wildlife Research. ISSN 1612-4642   DOI10.1007/S10344-015-0928-2.

 

2.   West Bengal Zoo Authority  : Zoos in West Bengal

 

3.   West Bengal Zoo Authority  : A Brochure “  Zoos in West Bengal” published by the West  Bengal  Zoo Authority , 2016

WAZA POSITION STATEMENT ON CONSERVATION EDUCATION

 

Vision

 

Zoos and aquariums with their unique resource of live animals, their expertise, and their links to field conservation will be recognized as leaders and mentors in formal and informal education for conservation. The educational role of zoos and aquariums will be socially, environmentally and culturally relevant, and by influencing people’s behavior and values, education will be seen as an important conservation activity. Zoos and aquariums will expand the training of their own staff and of others engaged in in-situ and ex-situ work.

 

Education Standards

The standards summarized here were adopted by the Council of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) in September 2001. Other regional associations have also developed education standards for their member institutions. The achievement of these standards will enable members to enhance their professionalism and network together continually to improve their educational role and effectiveness.

Schemes