After a tiger was found corona positive in an American zoo, National Tiger Conservation Authorities issued directives for all the animals in the sanctuaries throughout India to be tested for the infection. It has also been directed that if any of the wild beast moves out of the periphery of the sanctuary into the jungle, it must be tested immediately after it arrives back in the sanctuary.
If any animal is tranquilised for any reason, its saliva will be sent for investigation in the laboratories situated in Bharatpur, Pune, Hyderabad, Bareli etc. After this directive, all sanctuaries have increased their vigilance including Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve and other sanctauries across India. It may be noted that as of now corona testing kits for tigers are not available on local level including Jaipur.
The animals have also been distanced under social distancing formula in Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur. All efforts are being made to keep the animals safe against corona. Outsdie meat is not being brought in the sanctuaries, instead the animals are being fed with chicken.
Kumbhalgarh National Park is at risk as there is no enclosure for the animals. Udaipur forest deparment has made safety arrangements for the staff and caretakers in the Sajjangarh Bio-Park. Gloves and masks and sanitisers have been provided to all and boundaries have been made so that the staff does not get too close to the animals. The staff has also been directed to stay away from the animals if they have cough or cold. A new training set up has been given to all the employees for feeding the animals.
It may also be noted that the forest department has become alert regarding all the cat species and moneky species. All employees have been directed to follow proper sanitisation before filling the water holes.