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Assessment of captive environment management practices in National Zoological Park, Delhi, India: a case study on conservation breeding programme of endangered Manipur brow-antlered deer (Rucervus eldii eldii)

Author Affiliations

  • 1University School of Environment Management, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Sector 16C, Dwarka, New Delhi 110078, India
  • 2University School of Environment Management, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Sector 16C, Dwarka, New Delhi 110078, India and Centre for Disaster Management Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Sector 16C, Dwarka, New Delhi 110078, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (4), Pages 17-20, April,10 (2018)


A study has been carried out about Conservation Breeding Programme of the Endangered Manipur Brow-antlered deer in National Zoological Park, Delhi. The aim of this study was to examine the conservation breeding status and to measure the impacts of existing management practices on the captive stock position. Observations were carried out from September 2015 to September 2017 i.e., during pre-rut, rut and post-rut periods under captivity. Scientific data collection was also done for the same period on population status, behaviour, food preferences and health conditions. The study revealed some gap areas between existing management practices and the standard guidelines of Central Zoo Authority of India. Recommendations have been made on population management, feeding pattern, behavioral enrichment and enclosure design for sustainable conservation management practices as per Central Zoo Authority guidelines as well as the best practices being adopted in participating zoos of India. This study will play a significant rolein the development of demographically stable, healthy and self-sustaining population to reduce the risks of catastrophic loss. This sustainable stock Manipur Brow-antlered deer under Conservation Breeding Programme in National Zoological Park, Delhi will further act as insurance for captivity as well as sustainable stock for reintroduction in wild habitat.


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