Chennai Zoo attempts social grouping of animals

Chennai: Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP) here has taken up social grouping of animals in captivity, claimed to be for the first time in the country, an attempt to showcase group living of a specific species instead of just a pair in an enclave. "This is an attempt to avoid animals leading a sedentary lifestyle in their enclaves. Also there are some disadvantages living alone for years together," the Zoo officials said.

Instead of keeping a single animal alone or just a pair in an enclave, the zoo authorities have started social grouping where five to six animals of a species would be left together. As a beginning, Bengal tigers, white tigers, cheetahs, hippopotamus, small bears and monkeys have been left in groups in separate enclaves, they said. AAZP, the largest zoological garden in the country spread over 1,490 acre land, houses 1,390 animals belonging to 143 different fauna species.