Virtual Kolkata zoo tour for people at home during lockdown

    Kolkata, Apr 24 (PTI) In a bid to enable people
confined to home during the ongoing lockdown to see animals in
the zoo here, the West Bengal forest department launched an
app through which one can witness various moods of reptiles,
mammals and birds, an official said on Friday.
    Launched by West Bengal Forest Minister Rajib
Banerjee, the app will offer a virtual tour of the Alipore
Zoological Gardens and contains videos of different animals,
he said.
    One can get a "360 degree view of the zoo by following
a direction to different enclosures" of the zoological
garden, he said.
    "The zoo enjoys high footfalls throughout the year,
even during summer season, but we are now going through an
unprecedented situation due to the coronavirus outbreak as the
zoo never remained closed for such a long time.
    "This initiative will help refresh mood of the people,
especially children, and educate them," the official said.
    The website of the zoo has also been updated with
sections like adoption process along with forms and details of
    Apart from Alipore Zoological Gardens, animals of zoos
in Darjeeling and Jhargram can also be seen in the virtual
tour. PTI SUS

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