Wildlife enthusiasts across the world will soon be able to view animals at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur through live-streaming on the internet, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said on the floor of the House in a series of suo moto announcements on Thursday.
In the Assembly, she announced setting up of a tree park in an eight hectare land at Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road in Chennai. To come up at a cost of Rs two crore, the park will have 300 species of trees, brought from eastern and western ghats.
She said a modern forest tree seeds centre will be set up in Tiruchy at a cost of Rs two crore. Stating that Joint Forest Management Committees have been created, she said women have taken part in them in large numbers and this has improved that lifestyle.
The Chief Minister said in a bid to enable people in far away areas to watch animals at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park round-the-clock, infra red cameras will be set up in 20 important spots in the zoo and live webcast will be made.
Zoo managers soon plan to install 20 infrared cameras in the enclosures of animals such as lion, tiger, leopard, jackal, Indian Gaur, lion-tailed macaque and Nilgiri langur. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced the proposal in the state assembly on Thursday.
The cameras, besides providing vital inputs to officials about animal behaviour and ensuring security, will also be used for live streaming the activities of animals online. No zoo in the country has so far had such a surveillance system, said a senior wildlife department official.