Sunday, November 18, 2007

Captive breeding of cobras at Pilikula Nisargadhma

Captive breeding of cobras at Pilikula Nisargadhma

Jaideep Shenoy

MANGALORE: In a bid to increase the tribe of endangered king cobras,
the Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi, has asked the city-based
biological park to breed the venomous reptile in captivity.

Dr. Shivaram Karanth of Pilikula Nisargadhama (Biological Park) at
Moodushedde near here has already started the preliminary work to take
up captive breeding of Ophiophagus Hannah.

Importantly, this would be a totally in-house effort. H. Jayaprakash
Bhandary, Director of the Park told The Hindu here that the Park here
has five king cobras, including two females, at present. It had
released two of them into the wild recently.

"We need to create a special environment for the king cobras to breed
including keeping the pair selected in isolation. king cobras normally
breed during December and we will set up necessary conditions with the
help and expertise of our Park staff in this regard."

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