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Rainy Day at Alipore Zoo, Kolkata

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( This post was last modified: 06-27-2018, 04:30 PM by Rishi )

The test is over. Googled the answers. My score is falling short of projected cut-off, not by much, but enough to bury the chances of me getting lucky.
Done my analysis. Identified my shortcomings. Drawn up plans for next attempt & aiming to meet UPSC-2019 better prepared. Another year of grinding...

But before that something i've been looking forward to, India's oldest zoo. The Alipore Zoological Garden is being renovated & new enclosures built.  
Some of the enclosures are more then 100 years old. I hadn't been there in years & i just had to see the place one last time before the older structures are demolished. 

The highest recoded attendance till date was on January 1, 2018 with 110,000 visitors. Thus i had to make sure i avoid the mob, or the animals don't come out of their shelters (standard practice here is for about 1/4 of the enclosure to be private space). So, i went on a weekday with the monsoon pouring down cats & dogs. The enclosures sure looked beautiful & lush but it meant some prized new arrivals like the Mouse deers were barely visible.
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Chowsingha, the Indian four horned antelope.

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Barking Deer.

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Swamp Deer.

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Nilgai or blue-bull female. The male was somewhere behind the bushes.

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Cheetal or spotted deer, much larger up close than they look in photos. This facility is also used as a breeding centre for them. If i remember correctly, these animals have cousins that have been released in Sundarbans.

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In the reptile house; Russell's Viper.

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Burmese Python. (The sign says "No photography" so i decided to stop)

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My favourite & Bengals state animal, Fishing cats. 

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Jungle cat.

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The new leopard enclosure. He's on that tree. Eyes could see him but camera couldn't.

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Old Aviary. Hexagonal structure with 6 triangular cages. Peacock & Siberian crane in the back.  

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The majestic Siberian cranes makes one of the longest migrations. The eastern population winters in China, and the western population in Iran. The central population, which once bred in Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan, is extinct in the wild now & have not been sighted since the last pair left in March 2002. the migratory route of the birds. Their 5000 miles migratory route went over Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan & Russia. Less than 50% of the new birds that left India managed to reach Russia alive every year. 

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Captive-reared chicks were also released at Keoladeo National Park - but none of the released birds ever joined the wild Siberian Crane population and were lost over time.
The one in the image is one of the last of their kind.

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Peafowl's housing.

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New aviary.

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At this point the rain got harder. I stood under the shed infront of the leopard enclosure. He came out & started pacing in the downpour.

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Rhino (female). She has a calf who was behind the privacy wall. Her horn had been shaven for safety.

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Tigress Rani didn't come out of her cavern.

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New enclosure for tigers, presently houses a mating pair of a regular coloured female & this male (that's him in post #1,600 in Tiger Extinction thread back in his old cage). 

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Most of the old cages are gone. Only 3-4 remain, with two animals still living there. This female...

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...& this ex-maneater from Sundarban (In third video of post #1,600). Unlike previous times i was taking a note of their physique this once. 
He is exactly the similar to the mainland tigress in both size & stature, bigger head though. Shouldn't weigh very different.

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It wasn't a day to be sitting in the water. It was damp & raining with quite a nip in the air. Helps him relive memories, i guess...

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"Everything not saved will be lost."

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The asiatic lion pair came from Hyderabad Zoo earlier this year (the female's silhoutte inside is visible in last picture). Also no weight or measurements of them were ever taken... But visibly he was quite stout, more than i was expecting. Large. At least as large as that white tiger above, maybe more. 

Also a lion's roar sounded much louder & resonating in real life than it does on screen. 

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Finally, this is the largest specimen there. He is quite old now. With the small head & massive arms he reminds me of Raja. Even his face looks like him...
The body colour was very reddish as well, like the Nilgiri duo.

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( This post was last modified: 06-27-2018, 10:34 PM by sanjay )

Wow.. this is an awesome experienc, this remind me of Lucknow zoo.. Lion image is beautiful.
Don't loose hope and keep preparing for your exam, better luck next time
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