India’s First Isolation Facility For Animals Has Been Set Up In Uttarakhand’s Corbett National Park

by Gizel Menezes
India’s First Isolation Facility For Animals Has Been Set Up In Uttarakhand’s Corbett National Park

News of the novel coronavirus affecting a Tiger At NYC’s Bronx Zoo has led authorities at the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand to set up quarantine wards for its wildlife to protect them from the novel coronavirus, making it India’s first quarantine facility for animals.

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Quarantine Facilities Open At Corbett National Park

In a bid to protect them from COVID-19, quarantine wards have been set up for animals at the Corbett National Park. These isolation wards are located in the Kalagarh and Bijrani ranges of the reserve.

Apart from this, 40 video-mode cameras and 450 still-mode cameras have been installed at the peripheries of the reserve. They will be used to monitor tigers, elephants, and sniffer dog squads in the ranges and keep a tab on any abnormal behavior. The Jim Corbett National Park is home to 250 tigers and 1,100 elephants.

The reserve staff has also been asked to stay put at the posts. They are being provided with essentials to prevent putting the animals at risk. The patrolling staff has also been briefed to keep a close eye on the animals of the reserve.

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Adequate Measures Have Been Taken By The Uttarakhand Forest Department

Similar arrangements have also been made at the Rajaji National Park, which is home to 38 tigers and 450 elephants. Director PK Patro was reported as saying, “The reserve is under complete lockdown. The food for captive animals is sanitized at the gates before being brought in to be served to them. Zookeepers who handle them are also being subjected to regular thermal screening to check for any symptoms of corona.”

“The wildlife wing of Uttarakhand forest department is taking all preventive measures to protect the animal world from the deadly virus by keeping a close watch on them. All arrangements have been made as per NTCA guidelines,” Chief Wildlife Warden Rajiv Bharatari added.

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