Chennai zoo gets male lion, gives tiger | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Arignar anna zoological park received a three-year-old male lion from Bannerghatta zoological park, Bengaluru, in exchange for a male white tiger, taking the count of the lions at the zoo to 11.
The zoo had received a 7-year-old female lion from Lucknow in December 2022 in exchange for a white tiger. The male lion reached the zoo on Friday and will be in quarantine for three weeks. It may be part of the safari.
The assistant director of the AAZP Manikanda Prabhu told TOI that this exchange was mainly to improve the genetic pool of the lions at the zoo and to stop inbreeding. “Now we will have four lions for visitors to see and six for safari. The safari is not resumed post-Covid. Only after these lions settle down, the director will take a call,” he said. Now, the zoo has nine white tigers, 17 Bengal tigers and six leopards.
Experts stated that the zoo lost most of its lions – five lions in the last two years – due to a poor genetic pool and Covid. The zoo also lost four tigers, one leopard and a jaguar in 2021 and 2022. Several measures have been taken since then including providing better enrichment, improving the water quality, better food, veterinary services and other measures.

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