Jamshedpur: National Zoological Gardens (NSG), Pretoria, South Africa will provide Tata Steel Zoological Society (TSZS) here five African lion cubs next week, TSZS sources said here on Wednesday.

All the cubs about a year-old, the five cubs comprised of two male and rest female, said Rajnish Kumar, Member of the Managing Committee of TSZS, here.

He said arrangements have been made and the cubs are scheduled to arrive at Kolkata Airport on June 21 from where they will be transported by road to Tata Zoo.

The cubs will reach at TSZS on June 22.

In Tata Zoo here, the cubs shall be kept under quarantine for a period of 30 days, which was mandatory under the Government of India rules before they shall be released for exhibition to zoo visitors.

The proposal to provide five lion cubs was taken by NZG after a team comprising of Abeeda Dawood, Conservation Manager, and Eugene Marais, General Curator of the Zoo, visited Tata Zoo in October last.

The team was highly impressed by the standards of animal care and technical capabilities at Tata Zoo, which led to the acceptance of proposal, Kumar said.

Soon after receiving their consent, Tata Zoo completed the formalities seeking approval of the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, which have approved the proposal.

Claiming the event as unique in nature, he said after Independence, it was for the first time that pure African lions are arriving on Indian soil. None of the Indian Zoos currently exhibit pure African lions.

(Agencies)

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