zoo: Mumbai: Byculla zoo may re-open after October 22, baby penguins top attraction | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The authorities are mulling re-opening the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo in Byculla for the public after October 22. Their efforts began after CM Uddhav Thackeray tweeted last month that theatres and auditoriums would open after October 22.
Once the zoo re-opens, the people can expect a few new attractions. Top of the list is first glimpses of the two new additions to the colony of Humboldt penguins. Also, not many have been able to meet the Royal Bengal tigers Shakti and Karishma that were brought from Siddharth Garden and Zoo in Aurangabad city in February 2020, just before the country went under a nationwide lockdown.
The zoo had opened on February 15, 2021, after the first wave but shut in no time owing to concerns over the second Covid wave.
A senior zoo official said talks with the senior administration are on and a decision on re-opening will be taken soon. “We have been getting enquiries on when the zoo would open. With theatres likely to open after October 22, a decision on the zoo will be taken soon,” said the official, adding that Covid-appropriate precautions like staggered entry will be taken.
Zoo officials said the sex of the youngest penguin born in August is yet to be determined. It can be done only once the bird leaves the nest, where its parents are still feeding it. As the sex is yet to be determined, the chick hasn’t been named yet. The penguin born on May 1 this year has been named Oreo.
Apart from the two newborns, there are seven other birds — Olive (7 years), Popeye (6), Donald (5.5), Daisy (5.5), Molt (5), Flipper (8) and Bubble (5).

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