Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo to reopen its gates

Posted on February 14, 2021 by

Veermata Jijabai Bhosale, other wisely famed as Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo is all set to reopen its gates for visitors after remaining closed for a period of 11 months. Keeping in sync with the latest reports, the zoo shall reopen on February 15, 2021, under the mission of Mission Begin Again Initiative of the Maharashtra government.
In the meantime, the zoo authorities are waiting for their proposal regarding the reopening of Byculla Zooto to get approved by the local municipal commissioner.
Even after the zoo reopens, the area that houses 200 exotic species of birds shall remain closed due to the outbreak of flu. The area that gives shelter to tigers, penguins, and other animals shall remain open for the visitors.
In order to boost commercial activities in the state, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already granted permission to reopen the malls, shops, multiplexes, and theatres.
According to a report, it’s been stated that Byculla Zoo will reopen with all the necessary precautions that need to be taken due to this coronavirus that includes the use of sanitizers, face masks, and maintaining proper social distancing.
The operational timings of the zoo have been kept unchanged, that is from 9:30 AM to 6 PM. Before the pandemic era, thousands of visitors would visit the zoo on weekdays and much more in number during the weekends.
In order to control overcrowding, a public address (PA) system shall be set up in the zoo premises. In order to spread awareness regarding the possibility of virus infection, posters will be posted throughout the premises of the zoo.
The Byculla Zoo came into the limelight in the year 2020 for its decision to bring an Anaconda snake in its premises, as one of its reptilian residents. According to a report stated in TOI, after receiving the required approval the zoo authorities shall plan of acquiring the largest snake in the world.