The Central Zoo, Nepal launches ‘Adopt an Animal’ campaign

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The central Zoo in Jawalakhel, Nepal is the country’s only zoo. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it remained shut for nearly ten months. Its main source of income was from tickets bought by the visitors. Because of the pandemic, their source of income dried up.
The authorities of the zoo are struggling to pay the staff and feed animals. For the survival of the zoo, the authorities have come up with a unique campaign called ‘Adopt an animal’. The campaign was launched under the National Trust for Nature Conservation.
It is a year long programme. Under this, anyone can adopt an animal from the zoo and contribute in their feeding and medication for the adoption period. All the animals in the zoo are in the adoption list. One has to pay more than 1 million for taking responsibility for a royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant or one horned rhino. The campaign launched by the zoo is innovative. It can help the zoo in financial assistance.
The zoo is spread over six hectares of land. It has 110 species of birds, mammals and reptiles. To take care of these animals, the zoo has to make an expense of 30 million every year. The zoo has been closed for months. It needs financial assistance. For reopening the facility, it has come up with a new set of guidelines. Restriction has been placed on the number of visitors allowed per day. It has also made a provision that upto 800 visitors are allowed at a single point of time. Safety protocols have been prioritized. They have also started to sell tickets online to avoid crowds at the entrance gate. The ‘Adopt an Animal; campaign was launched by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. he has adopted one-horned rhino for a year.

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