Visakhapatnam’s Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) has welcomed two new animal species to its collection: the mouse deer and the chowsinga. These exciting additions arrived from the Kakatiya Zoological Park in Warangal, Telangana, as part of an ongoing animal exchange program.
“This exchange brings two new species to the animal collection of IGZP,” said Nandani Salaria, curator of IGZP. “The mouse deer, the smallest deer species of the Asian continent, will be a new attraction for visitors. Apart from this, the chowsinga will also be a major draw for families and enthusiasts.”
The newly arrived animals are currently undergoing a mandatory quarantine period as per standard protocol. Once this period is over, they will be introduced to their respective enclosures, allowing visitors to witness these fascinating creatures firsthand.
The animal exchange program aims to diversify animal populations across zoos, contribute to conservation efforts, and enhance the educational and recreational value of these institutions. The arrival of the mouse deer and chowsinga further strengthens this program’s objectives, enriching the experience for both animals and visitors at the Vizag zoo.