Nagpur: Large cats are always an attraction in any zoo. The majesty of such a large carnivore is spell-binding. The tiger (Panthera Tigris) is one of the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.38 m (11.1 ft) in the wild. Its most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside.
Once, India was known to host a large number of Tigers and Lions in the forest regions. However, Game-Hunting, poaching has made the number dwindle down to very few. A few of the tigers which were captured are also housed in various zoos.
The Maharajbagh Zoo is one such zoo which houses tigers, lions, and bear in various enclosures. They are an attraction to the little children and other adults who visit the zoo.
Based on the directives of the Wild Life Department, two tigers were supposed to have been shifted to Gorewada Zoo. The Gorewada zoo is said to be a rescue centre where, sick, injured or aging or old wild animals are cared for. Two of the tigers who a senior official of Maharajbagh Zoo said were sick were supposed to be shifted to Gorewada Zoo.
However, some NGOs like Green Vigil, Maharajbagh Bachao Samiti and other Nature Lovers’ Club had prevented the mobile van (which was supposed to transport the tigers to Gorewada Zoo) from entering the premises. They spoke to the senior officials of the Maharajbagh Zoo and claimed that if the Tigers are shifted, there is nothing worth seeing in the zoo.
A very big discussion was held between the NGOs and the officials and the shifting of the Tigers to Gorewada Zoo has been temporarily stalled.