Zoo reopens following safety standards(Photo Feature)

10th Dec, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

Nepal's largest Central Zoo, which has been closed since April 22 last year, has reopened to the public on Thursday following security measures.
 According to the management, the zoo has been open since Thursday following the decision of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) of the Government of Nepal. Stating that health criteria have been prepared for entering the zoo.That the entry tickets have been digitized and can be obtained online.

Everyone must wear a mask when entering the zoo and sanitizer has been provided in the entrance area. He said that to manage the crowd, only 700 to 800 people will be allowed to enter at a time and then if the number of observers is large, only the same number of people will be allowed to enter.

As before, the criteria has been prepared for the observation every day from 10 am to 5 pm. According to zoo management, 3,000 visitors used to visit the zoo every day before it was closed. Even though it was closed for observation, the animals and birds were being taken care of regularly.
At present, the zoo has 1,098 animals of 119 species. The main attractions are tigers, bears, leopards, and red pandas. Of these, there are 61 birds of 33 species, eight amphibians, and 17 species of fish. The zoo has conserved 15 of the 38 endangered wildlife species listed as endangered in Nepal.

 The zoo has been charging Rs 750 for foreigners, Rs 500 for citizens of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, Rs 150 for Nepalese, and Rs 90 for Nepali students and senior citizens. Founded privately in 1989 by the then Rana Prime Minister Juddha Shamsher, the Central Zoo was opened to the public only in 2011. The zoo has been managed by the National Nature Conservation Fund since 2052 BS.

Photo : Prashant Pradhan