New Delhi (Agencies): Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre and the Central Zoo Authority to ensure "conducive" atmosphere for a pair of elephants,to be sent to Germany from Karnataka in an exchange programme in which two pairs of cheetahs will also come here.

"Ensure that the elephants live in a conducive atmosphere in Germany," a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
    
The observation came during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Delhi-based Animal and Birds Charitable Trust seeking a direction to the Centre and others that the elephants are not sent to Liepzig Zoo in Germany in exchange of the cheetahs.

The bench disposed of the PIL after the counsel for the Centre and the CZA assured it that  the prescribed guidelinesunder the Wildlife protection Act for the exchange of animals between the zoos would be adhered to.
   
 "The atmosphere and climatic conditions near Liepzig Zoo in Germany are conducive for the Asiatic animals," the counsel said.

 "We are only inclined to direct that transportation or transfer of the elephants should be done in terms of the guidelines and it would be obligatory (upon the Centre) to get updates on health conditions of the elephants and the petitioner (trust) will also be provided with the details under the RTI," the bench said.
    
The PIL, filed through advocates Mohit Chaudhary and Rashi Bansal,said that the animal exchange programme has been chalked out between the German zoo and the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore.
    
According to the programme,a pair of Indian elephants would be transported to Germany in exchange of two pairs of cheetahs, the PIL said pleading that the Centre be restrained from going ahead with it.
    
"The habitat in India is totally different from the environment in Germany.

Indian elephants will be totally unprepared for such a cold weather which may pose risks to
their health and lead to unacceptable periods of confinement indoors," the petition said.
    
It also provided a chart of comparative temperatures of both the countries to drive home the point that the atmosphere at Germany would not be conducive for Indian elephants.
   
The bench, however was satisfied with the Centre's submission that the elephants would be kept in a "conducive" atmosphere there.