As auditoriums and theaters in Maharashtra prepare to welcome the public again, a zoo official has sent a proposal to BMC to open Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo in Byculla known as Rani Baug on November 1. After October 22.
Sanjay Tripathi, director of the zoo has informed Indian Express that the zoo is in talks with BMC and the state government regarding the opening of the zoo. All necessary preparations are in place. The main attraction of the zoo will be two baby penguins and a recently completed bird cage. Chicks were born to Donald and Daisy, and they were named Oreos.
The zoo last opened in February 2021 after being closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. But with the second wave of the metro approaching, the doors had to close again in March. Piccola Zoo attracts 5000-6000 visitors and on weekends the number of visitors reaches 15,000. After the pandemic and Covid-19 standards in place, the zoo can accommodate 4,000 to 5,000 visitors at a time.
It was earlier reported that the zoo would expand 10 acres to house new enclosures of exotic animals such as the black jaguar, ostrich, leopard and ring lemur that would be brought to the zoo and would cost authorities around Rs 175 crore. The wildlife center houses 330 animals, reptiles, and birds including monkeys, elephants, deer, crocodiles, hippos, etc.
The other attractions of the zoo apart from the two penguins are the Royal Bengal tiger, Shakti and Karishma. These were brought from Siddharth Park and Zoo in Aurangabad in February last year.
Moreover, the newly built cage will be opened to the public. People who want to visit the zoo need to pay a ticket price of 50 rupees per person while the ticket price for children is 25 rupees. The zoo will allow back-to-back admissions while keeping Covid-19 standards in place.