Bhubaneswar: As part of inter-zoo exchange programme, the Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) authorities today shifted a selected group of animals and birds to Aringar Anna Zoological park in Chennai with the nod of Zoo Authority of India.
Two pairs of black bear, a male Siamese crocodile, two water monitor lizards, 10 white Ibis, four open bill stork were relocated to Chennai zoo. In return, Nandankanan Zooological park will receive a wide range of captive species from Chennai.
The animals that Odisha will get include Nilagiri Langurs. These langurs will be the new guests as the park does not have the species now.
The new arrivals will be from Chennai zoo and Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Herpetology research centre as part of inter-zoo exchange programme.
Nandankanan recorded the highest 32 lakh footfall among all the zoos in the country in the last tourist season. In terms of housing varied nature animals and birds, the Zoo stands only to Mysore in Karnataka.