Mumbai's Rani Bagh to start virtual zoo tours soon
After the Byculla zoo remained shut for almost 11 months during the first COVID-19 wave, it had finally reopened on February 15, 2021. However, the administration was forced to shut the zoo once again on April 4 due to the second wave.
Mumbai's well-known tourist place Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan aka 'Rani Bagh' or 'Byculla zoo' is all geared up to go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The zoo administration has been already sharing informative videos about flora and fauna on the premises. It will soon start a virtual tour on its social media pages 'The Mumbai Zoo'.
In 2020, the zoo management had conducted a live tour of the rings of the royal Bengal tigers Shakti and Karishma that had gone viral on the internet. The video was posted on MyBMC on their official social media pages. However, on February 16, 2021, Byculla Zoo launched its official pages called 'The Mumbai Zoo'.
In a statement, Dr Sanjay Tripathi, director of Byculla zoo, said that they are planning to take the zoo on digital platforms. Some of the activities have already begun. After the second wave of COVID-19 hit the city, they had to shut down again on April 4. All their educational activities and awareness programs have been shut too. So, they are planning to take all these activities online, so that people do not miss out on them. They are also planning to post the virtual tours on their official social media pages, including YouTube.
After the Byculla zoo remained shut for almost 11 months during the first COVID-19 wave, it had finally reopened on February 15, 2021. However, the administration was forced to shut the zoo once again on April 4 due to the second wave. Now as per the guidelines given by the central government and the central zoo authority, the administration is looking after all the requirements, such as sanitation and disinfection of the exhibits and other areas.