New Delhi,30 Apr (Lok Sabha):There are norms in respect of food and health care of animals in major zoological parks in the country. Existing “Recognition of Zoo Rules, 1992” prescribe standards and norms for food and health care of zoo animals. It is mandatory for all the zoos in the country to comply with these rules.The Government regularly conducts scientific study in respect of food and healthcare of animals. The Central Zoo Authority carries periodic inspection of the recognized zoos to ensure the compliance of standards and norms of animal healthcare and upkeep.
In this connection it has also assigned two scientific studies viz. “Development of standard guidelines & protocols on disease, diagnosis and cure of wild animals of Indian Zoos” and “Development of feeding strategies for captive animals and standardization of feeding regime” to Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly in the year 2006 & 2007 respectively.This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment & Forests, Shri S. Regupathy in a written reply to a question by Shri G. Karunakara Reddy, in the Lok Sabha today.