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Dhenkanal Kapilash animal Zoo and science park in India
Dhenkanal Kapilash animal Zoo and science park
Dhenkanal Kapilash animal Zoo and science park, in Kapilash,
At the Dhenkanal Kapilash animal Zoo and science park lives 7 elephants with records in this database: (
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2010: Four elephants (3 male, 1 female) housed in the off display area of the Zoo were rescued on 07-07-2010, 24-12-2011, 04-09-2012 and 14-05-2018 respectively. However, approval of the central Zoo Authority for their acquisition under Section 38-I of WPA 1972 has not been obtained.
2018: A female elephant died on 2018-01-08.
17 January 2020
CWLW Odisha gives permission to DFO Angul/Dhenkanal Division to capture the wild elephant, presently known as Rakesh and house him at "Elephant Rescue Center" a space earmarked within Kapilash Zoo premises for Elephant rescue and rehabilitation, which is yet to be recognized by CZA.
22 January 2020
is caught and brought to Kapilash Zoo.
2021: The death of a male pachyderm ‘Hero’ under unnatural circumstances at Kapilas Elephant Rescue centre has sparked concern on spread of herpes virus among the animals in the zoo, a report said.
This has left the forest officials worried over the safety of the remaining four elephants in the zoo.
The zoo has been left with four elephants Kartik, Uma,
and Padma after the death of the male jumbo Hero.
The spread of herpes virus in the zoo despite a series of safety measures and restrictions has sparked concerns among the residents in the locality.
The matter came to the fore after veterinarians conducted a post-mortem of the animal carcass and sent its samples to
Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT)
On receipt of the report, the forest department has become more concerned about the safety of the female jumbo ‘Padma’, 18 months, which was rescued from
region and rehabilitated in the Kapilas zoo. Padma has been kept in isolation while the rest of the elephants were given anti-viral treatment.
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