Thursday, August 18, 2011

Visit to Byculla Zoo

The IDA Team visited the Zoo in July to check on Shiva the rhino and once again intercede on his behalf. We met the Zoo Director and made some more suggestions for the enrichment of Shiva's enclosure. Let's see what materialises. At least we got a patient hearing.

By the time. another IDA member was taking pictures of Shiva and his neighbours.
For once the pools are topped up with water as it is the height of the monsoon and plenty of rain has been falling. The top two pictures show Shiva. Not much of him - he was for once in a state of bliss, under water, blowing bubbles. Usually he is standing in one foot of tepid water looking just miserable.

The hippos in the third picture must have been happy too. These huge aquatic animals require deep water at all times, and for once they were enjoying themselves, submerged in their pool. They also usually have very little water to bathe in and can be seen lying on their sides, rounded sides sticking right up out of the water, getting baked in the hot sun, something that is very bad for them as they have skin that burns out of water. We were also glad to see one of the two elephants, strolling about his enclosure in the tall grass.

Going to check on Shiva this month as well. Let's see if things have improved.

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