Govt to adequately support the proposals of developing model zoos: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 12-Sep-2017

New Delhi, September 12: Veterans, who take care of wild animals in ZOO, will be getting a special training during a 9-day workshop session. The workshop named “Capacity Building of Indian Zoo Veterinarians On Animal Health Management In Captivity” has been inaugurated in New Delhi on Monday. In the inaugural session of the workshop Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan assured that government will adequately support the proposals from zoos that come up with ideas to develop model zoos.

The Training Programme is being organised by the Central Zoo Authority in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Zoological Park (SNZP), Washington D.C., U.S.A. at the National Zoological Park, New Delhi. SNZP is home to approximately 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species.

In the present training programme, the veterinarians will not only be exposed to the technique and procedures being followed in the USA, but they will also carry out hands-on exercises. These hands-on exercises, coupled with discussion and sharing of experiences with experts and among participants would develop a higher level of confidence. The ultimate aim of the training is to impart necessary knowledge, skill and attitude to the Veterinarians of the Zoos, at par with the international levels in the field.

For adopting modern trends in animal care interaction of the participants with the experts from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park will certainly help, the environment minister said. He added Vets working in zoos should adopt the definition of the @WHO for Health in terms of mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being.