Sepahijala Zoo's New Year Exchange Brings Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, and Birds Species!

Sepahijala Zoo in Tripura is gearing up for a unique New Year's exchange: a pair of majestic Royal Bengal tigers, elusive leopards, and three captivating bird species are set to join their vibrant wildlife ensemble. In return, North Bengal Wild Animal Park in Silliguri eagerly awaits the arrival of a regal lion pair and graceful blackbucks.

The proposal was approved by the Central Zoo Authority of India and initiated by both state authorities for the animal exchange program to make exquisite animals available in the zoos for visitors.


On Tuesday, Deputy Conservator of Forest, K. G. Roy, anticipates a harmonious exchange, awaiting the seamless execution of this intriguing wildlife swap.

Roy told the media that the program aims to bring more exquisite animals to the Sepahijala zoo, which draws record crowds during the winter season. A couple of more such exchange drives are under process. Also A variety of animals in the zoo is going to attract more visitors and animal enthusiasts.

He also said that the Sepahijala zoo has been waiting for Royal Bengal tigers for a long time after the death of the last tigress five years ago, and now the wait is over for all visitors and authorities.

According to the sources, nowadays, the authorities are focusing more on animal exchange programs and the modernization of the zoo. A new enclosures are being installed for many animals, and smart technology is being utilized for the smooth and effective functioning of the zoo. Also, good veterinary doctors are appointed here to take care of the animals. Even during the summer, a lot of special measures are taken to keep the animals hydrated.

He also said that along with the pair of tigers, the Sepahijala zoo is scheduled to welcome a pair of leopards, hill myna, Indian peacock, gold peasant, and silver peasant from North Bengal Animal Park. On the other hand, Tripura Zoo will send a pair of blackbucks and leopard cats, along with a lion couple, to Silliguri under this animal exchange program.

Deputy Conservator of Forests, K. G Roy said to the media, “It was an ambitious plan to create a sustainable revenue stream for the loss-making zoo. Only two animals were adopted, including a peacock, when the project was launched. We do believe that this project has potential, but now the focus is on the modernization of the zoo. Once that is done, we shall work on the adoption front as well.”

According to the authorities, the animals will depart from Tripura in the second week of January.

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