First Wild Dog Breeding Centre of Inida – Vizag Zoo
- Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) will now become the centre for conservation breeding ‘dhole’, an endangered species of wild dog. This particular program is the first of its kind by any zoo in India.
- Remarkable increase in the population, from just 2 to 22, has been observed within the protected area after performing a series of successful in-breeding of wild dogs
- IUCN has classified wild dogs or ‘dholes’ as an endangered species, because of the acute decline in their numbers. Many reasons like loss of habitat, base depletion, and forest corridor destruction, have driven them towards extinction, because they have become an easy prey for the predators. Also they are highly prone to infectious diseases from domestic dogs.
- IUCN Endangered Species