Tigress Sundari Row: CZA questions legality of shifting the big cat to Nandankanan

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Bhubaneswar: Royal Bengal tigress Sundari has pushed the Odisha Forest Department into a new trouble as the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) today questioned the legality of shifting the big cat from Satkosia Tiger Reserve to Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) in Bhubaneswar.

In a letter to the Odisha Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) Sandeep Tripathy, CZA member secretary DN Singh has said that a wild animal pulled out from its natural habitat cannot be kept inside a zoo in accordance with the National Zoo Policy, 1998.

“Except for obtaining founder animals for approved breeding programme and infusion of new blood into inbred groups, no zoo can collect animals from the wild,” the letter from the CZA mentioned.

The letter also asked the Odisha PCCF to consider all aspects and take decision at the earliest.

The letter comes in response to a complaint filed by a wildlife activist, Ajay Dubey, who termed the decision of the Odisha government to transfer tigress Sundari to Nandankanan as unlawful.

Earlier, Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray had said that the tigress would be shifted to Nanadankanan after she is captured. It seems that the decision did not go well with wildlife activists.

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