Bhubaneswar, December 28 (Localwire): Ahead of its 60th foundation day on Sunday, Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) here lost a 21-year-old male lion due to multiple age-related complications.
The male lion, Pichhan, a major tourist attraction, breathed its last on Saturday afternoon, bringing the number of captive lions in NZP down to nine. The zoo is home to four lions and five lionesses.
“It is sad news for us. Its health had deteriorated for two months. It was suffering from multiple age-related complications and was under intensive care and treatment of zoo veterinarians for the last one month,” NZP deputy director Jayant Kumar Das said.
Pichhan was moved to NZP on 23 March 2013 from Sakkarbaug Zoological Garden in Gujarat as part of the inter-zoo exchange programme, he stated.
The 60-year-old NZP, one of the premier zoos of the country, has 156 species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
The Zoological Park together with the Kanjia Lake and the botanical garden was declared as Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary in 1979.