Bhubaneswar: In response to the decreasing temperatures in Odisha, Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) authorities have implemented special measures to safeguard animals and birds from the cold weather. Chimpanzees, hoolock gibbons, marmosets, tamarins, and various monkey species’ enclosures are now equipped with room heaters to ensure warmth during the night.
For reptiles like anacondas, pythons, Burmese pythons, king cobras, and cobras, the zoo has introduced blankets, straw-made mattresses, and electric bulbs in their enclosures to counter the impact of the dropping night temperatures.
To combat the prevailing cold climate, zoo employees are diligently covering bird enclosures with thick nylon nets during the night. This initiative is part of the zoo’s commitment to the well-being of its inhabitants during the winter season.
Remarkably, the NZP has a history of taking special care of animals and birds in varying weather conditions. In summer, efforts are made to protect them from the scorching heat. Measures include using air coolers, ice slabs, and water sprinklers to keep the enclosures cool. Additionally, sheds are erected, and artificial ponds and pools are filled with water to help the zoo inmates endure the hot climate.
Special dietary considerations are extended to certain herbivores, such as elephants and monkeys, during this period. They are provided with water-rich fruits to ensure proper hydration, according to zoo sources. The NZP remains committed to the comprehensive well-being of its diverse inhabitants throughout the changing seasons.