Two penguin chicks have been born within the Mumbai-based Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan, popularly referred to as the Byculla zoo, since May this 12 months, Mayor Kishori Pednekar mentioned on Wednesday, days after an controversy over the Rs 15.26 crore tender floated by the civic physique for the maintenance of the birds on the facility.
In a press convention on the zoo, Mayor Pednekar mentioned the tender will proceed until 2024, and claimed the zoo’s revenue went up considerably after the arrival of penguins on the civic-run facility in 2016.
She mentioned a chick was born to the breeding pair of Humboldt penguins – ‘Molt’ (male) and ‘Flipper’ (feminine) – on August 19, whereas one other pair of the birds – ‘Donald (male) and ‘Daisy’ (feminine) ) – gave beginning to a male chick named ‘Oreo’ on May 1.
Last week, an controversy erupted over the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) Rs 15.26 crore tender floated in August for the maintenance of the penguins within the enclosure on the zoo for 3 years.
The Congress criticized the ruling Shiv Sena over the tender, whereas the BMC claimed the birds had helped enhance the zoo’s income.
The civic physique had additionally mentioned it was attempting to deliver down the maintenance value of the penguins’ enclosure.
A BJP corporator had mentioned the hike within the zoo’s income can’t be attributed to the penguins alone, because the ticket costs on the facility have gone up from Rs 5 to Rs 50 since August 1, 2017.
Besides the 2 chicks, the zoo at present has seven grownup penguins- three males and 4 females.
On Tuesday, Pedenkar mentioned the civic physique has neither canceled the tender nor revised it.
“The tender will proceed until 2024,” Pednekar mentioned, and claimed the zoo’s revenue elevated considerably after the arrival of the penguins.
According to the zoo administration, the youngest 25-day-old chick is being taken care of by its mother and father.
The chick’s intercourse dedication is but to be finished, a launch from the zoo authorities mentioned.
Recently, civic officers mentioned the penguins have been a significant vacationer attraction earlier than the zoo was shut because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eight penguins – three males and 5 females – have been dropped at the Byculla zoo from Coex Aquarium at Seoul in South Korea in 2016, and one of many birds later died.
Spread over 1,800 sq ft, the penguin enclosure on the zoo contains a pool, an lodging space, air dealing with models and a cooling system.
The nation’s first chick of the Humboldt penguins was born on the zoo on August 15, 2018, but it surely died after a couple of days.
Bringing the flightless birds to the zoo was a pet undertaking of Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, who at present heads the tourism ministry within the Maharashtra authorities.