Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sakkarbaug Zoo - First Vulture Chick born 2011

At 1st February 2011, a chick was born at the zoo's Vulture Conservation and Breeding Center. In a significant development for the conservation of the endangered white backed vultures, the Sakkarbaug Zoo here has succeeded in breeding vultures in captivity.

Sakkarbaug is one of the five captive vulture breeding centers in the country.

As per Latest Zoo Director V J Rana Interviews, he said that, “This is good news for the species which faces extinction.”

“We have created all the required facilities at the center such as artificial nesting sites and trees. We maintained its food habits regularly and success came after one-and-a-half years.”

"Most of these vultures were injured by kite strings during the kite festival.''

"We have been closely monitoring the chick and its mother and are hopeful of further other eggs hatching as well. November to March is considered as breeding seasons for the vulture. Among the 43 vultures here are the white backed vulture, long billed vultures and Egyptian vultures, which have been rescued from various parts of the state such as Ahmedabad, Rajula, Bajana, Surat, Gandhinagar City, Dhrangdhra City, Vyara, Amreli, Morbi City and Junagadh”

Forest officials say that only Pinjore Vulture Breeding Center Haryana has succeeded in breeding vultures in captivity.

Sakkarbaug zoo is known for its conservation programmes. Currently, the zoo is running conservation and breeding programmes for the Asiatic lion, vultures, Indian wolf, Indian wild ass, Asiatic cheetah and the four-horned antelope with aid from the Central Zoo Authority of India.

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