India’s oldest zoo, Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan is now set to be beautified and given a makeover. The unique feature about this revamp is that animals would have natural enclosures rather than cages. Unfortunately, negligence by caretakers has led to the deteriorating of zoos in the city. Keeping in mind to preserve the wildlife in zoos, BMC has decided to implement a master plan to beautify the Veermata Jijabhai Bhosale Udyan at Byculla. The makeover would include open cages, exotic animals, education centres, food plaza and amphitheatre. A unique feature of this zoo would be that the animals would not be caged but will wander in open natural enclosures with the aim of bringing man and nature closer. The zoo will now house ostriches, gibbons and tigers among others. We spoke to the designer of the master plan who spoke on the makeover of the zoo. The brand new international look will maintain the natural proximity that the animals would maintain in the wild. With cameraman Roshan Hate, Ajaz Khan for NMTV.
April 9, 2008