Sloppy Indian Zoos Let Tigers Die Due To Viruses – Are People Safe?

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India – Hindustan Times
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8 Animals Die In Two Zoos Because Of Virus Infection.


Two separate viruses have killed eight animals—four each of big cats and elephants—in two zoos in Rajasthan and Odisha in the past one week.

A white tigress, fondly known as Sita, died at Rajasthan’s Nahargarh Biological Park on Thursday morning due to Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), third death because of CDV in the last one week.

In Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, a tigress suspected to have died because of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, which has claimed lives of three elephants in the last one month.


More and more tigers die in Indian zoos. Now two tigers have died in different zoos because of multiple viruses, next to six other animals.

A senior Rajasthan forest official on condition of anonymity said, “It is a serious concern, as earlier, this virus was seen affecting lions. But, now tigers have also got infected.”

This sloppiness is unforgiveable, as anyone knows you have to contain viruses.

It raises another question: are people safe from these viruses when they visit zoos?

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