Nepal’s Central Zoo to reopen amid Covid-19 pandemic

File: Zoo staffer Dinesh Karmacharya plays with Kale, a Himalayan black bear.

Kathmandu, November 18

Nepal’s Central Zoo will soon reopen after the closure of around eight months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although the risk of virus infection is still increasing in the country, the zoo management is preparing to reopen as the closure affected the management of food for the captives and pay for the staff, according to its chief Chiranjibi Prasad Pokharel.

“The rate of virus infection has not come down but the fear in people certainly has,” Pokharel says, “Now, we will soon reopen. We have also prepared a protocol to follow for the visitors.”

According to him, now onwards, the visitors should wear masks inside the zoo premises whereas they will be barred from giving food to and touching the animals. Likewise, eating anything inside the food will be prohibited.

One person should leave the zoo within one and a half hours of their entry whereas there should not be more than 800 people inside at a time.

The zoo houses 1,068 animals and birds belonging to 110 species.

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