Central Zoo Authority

  • In India, the Zoos are regulated as per the provisions of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 and are guided by the National Zoo Policy, 1998.

The Wild Life Protection Act was amended in 1991 and via this amendment; the Central Zoo Authority was established. So Central Zoo Authority is a statutory body whose main objective was to enforce minimum standards and norms for upkeep and health care of animals in India zoos and restrain mushrooming of unplanned and ill-conceived zoos that were cropping up in the country as adjuncts to public parks, industrial complexes and way sides. Central Zoo Authority is headed by Minister of State for Environment & Forests (Forests & Wildlife), Government of India.

The authority has the following functions:

1. Recognition of the Zoos.

2. Evaluation of the Zoos.

3. Coordination in the planned conservation breeding programme for endangered species in Indian zoos.

4. Approval of the exchange proposals of animals between Indian zoos and between Indian and foreign zoos.

5. Preparing and maintaining the studbooks

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