Bhubaneswar, August 12 (LocalWire): Priyanka, a tigress living in captive environs of Nanadankanan zoo here, died today due to complications related to old age, bringing down the number of big cats in the zoological park to 26.
“Born to tiger couple Ashok and Tanuja, the big cat Priyanka died today at 10.30 AM. The tigress was 19 year and five months old. It was not keeping in good health for the past two years and was under veterinary care. However, it did not respond and died today,” Nandankanan Zoo deputy director Jayant Kumar Das said.
“Of late the tigress had turned immobile and had started to skip meals. The zoo vets tried their level best to revive her, but failed,” he said.
This is second death registered in the zoo in the current year. Roshan, a visually impaired male tiger, had died on 21 February 2019 in the zoo.
Currently, Nandankanan zoo is captive home to 26 tigers, including both males and females. The zoo lays claim to fame for housing nine white tigers, the official added.
Though Nandankanan also boasts of lions, beers and herbivore safaris, it is the tigers which are a major attraction for the tourists flocking to the zoo every day.
Because of its natural ambiance and rich reserve of captive wildlife, the park continues to record impressive footfall every year. The zoo witnessed a footfall of about 32.99 lakh visitors, including 1,030 foreign tourists from January 2018 to January 2019.
The zoo nestled along with the lush green forest cover, swirling water bodies adjacent to Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary, is famous as country’s most scenic zoo amid the lap of nature.
It’s spread across 437 hectares on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar city. In terms of housing varied nature animals and birds, the zoo stands next only to Mysore in Karnataka, officials claimed.