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Zoos shut, wildlife tourism suspended | Kolkata News – Times of India

Kolkata: All zoos across the state will be shut with immediate effect to check the spread of coronavirus. An order issued by the state forest department said that entry of people to all units under the department, where large congregations may take place, would be strictly regulated.
Bengal has 12 zoos. Last year on March 17, the zoos across the state were shut during the first wave of Covid-19. They were re-opened in October.
Not only zoos, visitors will also not be allowed in conservation reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and tiger reserves under the control of the forest department. “All eco-tourism projects and lodges shall not allow guests/visitors. Suitable steps may be taken for cancellation of bookings and refund of the amount if and where required,” the order stated.
It may be noted that on April 30, the National Tiger Conservation Authority had ordered chief wildlife wardens of all states to suspend tourism inside tiger reserves, sanctuaries and national…

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