GUWAHATI: The Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden celebrated its 64th Foundation Day on Saturday in its complex in the city.
Present at the celebration was State Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, along with the head of the State Forest Force Dr. AM Singh.
Appreciating the officials of the Zoo, Suklabaidya said, "In the past three years the zoo has been beautified to a great extent. We get direct suggestions from the Chief Minister as to how and what needs to be done to boost the zoo. A number of endangered species are being brought to the zoo. While two giraffes were brought to the Zoo a few months back, some zebras are set to arrive in January.
"I hope this zoo to be on the top of its kinds in rest of India. Species don't come to zoos of their own. They're brought to amuse visitors and let them acquire knowledge on wildlife. This is the first zoo in the world where egrets are bred. A lioness also gave birth to a cub in this zoo. It was on Friday a kangaroo, two capuchin monkeys, six hyacinth macaws and three tortoises that had been rescued from animal smugglers and brought to this zoo."
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