Authorities of the Biological Park (Itanagar Zoo) decided to close the wildlife park until further notice, following reports of animals getting infected with COVID-19 at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai recently.

The COVID-19 outbreak was reported in the Asiatic lions at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as the Vandalur Zoo recently, while a 9-year-old lioness also died due to the disease.

An order issued by the Itanagar deputy conservator of forests (wildlife and biodiversity) on Tuesday said the latest instance of zoo animals getting infected by COVID-19 once again indicate that there is a high likelihood of the disease being transmitted among the captive animals from COVID-infected human beings.

“In view of this, it is once again reiterated that for preventing the possible transmission of COVID-19 from human beings to wild tigers and other animals, wildlife parks under the Government of Arunachal Pradesh would be closed for visitors until further notice,” the order read.

Spread over an area of around 250 hectares, the Itanagar Biological Park, popularly known as the Itanagar Zoo is home to wildlife species like the Himalayan Black Bear, Royal Bengal Tiger, Great Indian Hornbill and several rare birds.

It is also the only zoo in the world that has successfully conducted the breeding of Hoolock Gibbons, a critically endangered species. The park is quite famous amongst the tourists and locals and is one of the prominent attractions of the region.



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