Aurangabad’s Siddharth Zoo has 12 big cats, which, according to zoo officials, is “excess” in numbers.   | Photo Credit: Yogesh Londhe

Shifting of two tigers is delayed as Aurangabad civic chief is on long leave


Aurangabad (Maharashtra), 28 November 2019: The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC)’s plan to shift two tigers from its zoological park here to Mumbai’s Byculla Zoo is getting delayed as the chief is yet to sign papers to facilitate the move, an official said on Wednesday.

Two months back, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had decided to send two tigers from its Siddharth Garden and Zoo to Veer Mata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo (popularly known as Byculla Zoo) in Mumbai in exchange of a variety of birds.

According to the official, Siddharth Zoo has 12 big cats, which are “excess” in numbers.

“Despite the completions of all the other formalities, the two tigers are waiting for their new home in Mumbai as the Aurangabad civic chief is yet to sign a file to that effect. We cannot transfer the big cats unless the commissioner signs the file,” Zoo Director B.S. Naikwade said.

Aurangabad civic chief Nipun Vinayak has gone on a long leave.

Mr. Naikwade said, “senior civic officials had ordered us to survey the facilities at the Mumbai zoo. We carried out the survey and found them to be good for the tigers. The survey report was submitted to the office of the municipal commissioner and we are waiting for his signature.”

Mayor Nandkumar Ghodele said the commissioner has been on leave since October 25.

“He has extended his leave several times. We have urged the State authorities to appoint a new officer in his place. Hope it happens soon so that we can send the tigers to Mumbai,” he said.