Assam will soon get a pair of Chimpanzees as part of an exchange programme with the Mysore Zoo. In return, the Mysore Zoo will receive a couple of rhinos from the Assam Zoo.
Times of India quoted a senior zoo official in Guwahati as saying:
“The plan of exchanging animals has been finalized between the two zoos, We are now waiting for the permission of the Central Zoo Authority. Cricketer Anil Kumble, also a member of the Karnataka Wildlife Board, played an active role in formulating the animal exchange plan”.
The Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden (also known as Guwahati Zoo) is the largest of its kind in the North East region, located at R.G. Baruah Road in Guwahati.
Currently, the zoo is home to about 895 animals, birds and reptiles belonging to 113 species, both indigenous and exotic. It has been opened to the public since 1958 and sees an annual footfall of over 4,30,462 people.
Chimpanzee used to be a star attraction in the Assam State Zoo till the late 1990s.