Kolkata zoo gets rare attractions

April 28th, 2008 - 4:49 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Zoo visitors in Kolkata will now get to see white peafowls, open-billed storks and hamadryas baboons at Alipore Zoological Gardens. “We brought 11 pairs of various birds and animals from Orissa’s Nandankanan Zoological Park Sunday evening. These include three rare species - a pair of white peafowl, two pairs of open-billed storks, a pair of hamadryas baboons,” Alipore zoo director Subir Chowdhury told IANS Monday.

“Besides, in exchange of a male giraffe from our zoo, we have also got langurs, black ducks, gharials, pythons and white ibis birds,” Chowdhury said.

“This is the largest consignment we have received so far, and for the first time people will see these three rare species in the Kolkata zoo.”

According to officials there were about 300 visitors in the zoo by noon Monday.

“Most of them had come ignoring the summer heat just to see the new members of the zoo,” Chowdhury added.

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