One more lion-tailed macaque at Vandalur zoo [Biodiversity]
- Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Vandalur has set a new record in breeding lion- tailed macaque. One more was recently added to the population, bringing up the tally to 24 with 11 males, 11 female and two infants.
- This endangered species has been breeding successfully at the zoo, as a result of which the Central Zoo Authority of India has declared Vandalur zoo a coordinating zoo for the Lion-Tailed Macaque Conservation Breeding programme.
- The in-house breeding facility has successfully added over 50 newborns to the population at the zoo, so far, and they have been exchanged with other zoos in Guwahati, Shimla, Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Mysuru, Hyderabad and Baroda, for other species of animals or birds.
- In order to keep the primates active, the zoo has installed swings, hammocks, poles, ladders and also grass patches, as they feed on insects.
- Lion-tailed macaques are classifi ed as protected species under Wildlife Protection Act 1972.