Hyderabad: On the occasion of World Environment Day 2021, Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park announced the birth of a one-horned rhinoceros and a gaur. The male gaur calf was born on 2 June and the male one-horned rhinoceros was born a fortnight ago.

R. Sobha, Telangana principal chief conservator of forests (HoFF), named the male gaur calf Komaram Bheem in memory of the legendary tribal leader. The one-horned rhinoceros calf was named Nanda.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sobha said the Nehru Zoological Park is in the forefront of conservation and breeding of wild animals. The births of mega herbivores bring cheer in the otherwise gloomy pandemic situation, she said and appreciated the hard work and dedication of the department and zoo staff for their relentless service towards conservation of wildlife in these hard times.

On this occasion, planting programmes were also taken up in the zoo and native wild species, especially wild fruit-bearing trees, were planted to improve the biodiversity of the premises. This is a move toward the goal of making the zoo a centre for education and conservation of both fauna and flora. These wild fruit trees apart from increasing the floral composition would invite free-ranging frugivorous birds and small mammals thereby improving the diversity.

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