Mohendra Zoological Park commonly known as Chhat Bir Zoo, in Chandigarh Punjab has made special arrangements to ensure that scorching heat does not harm the animals. From setting up coolers to mini-water pools, adding electrolytes in drinking water to offering cucumber, raddish and watermelons the zoo is taking a different approach to tackle the blazing situation.
Summer being the hottest in North India, heat waves are spreading across states drying up lakes, rivers and ponds. In turn this is also destroying habitat of helpless creatures. Desert coolers were housed near the cages of tigers, lions and jaguars, among others. While the coolers give respite from the heat, the cages have also been equipped with exhaust fans. Ice slabs were provided to bears and all the windows have been covered to ensure mosquito-free environment. Empty ponds were replenished for the comfort of animals. Enclosures have been shaded with 75 per cent of density agro-net.
Watermelons were being provided to monkeys, bears and elephants. In a different approach, zoo officials have modified the diet for animals by replacing bananas with papaya and cabbage leaves were replaced with spinach leaves for animals and birds. Glucon-D is also being mixed in drinking water of all carnivores and omnivores animals.