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National Conference for Zoo Directors and Veterinarians 2021

Published on October 14, 2021
Current Context: The National Conference for zoo directors and veterinarians 2021 was held in Gujarat.
National Conference for Zoo Directors and Veterinarians 2021
  • It was hosted by Sardar Patel Zoological Park of Gujarat.
  • It was organised by Central Zoo Authority (CZA).
  • The conference was attended by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, Bhupendra Yadav.
  • At the valedictory, Sudha Murthy, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation was felicitated.
  • During the conference, the movie titled ‘Live in harmony with nature, stop the illegal trade in wildlife’ was also released.
  • The movie was produced by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB).
  • The objective of the conference was to have a discussion about new frontiers in zoo management and off-site conservation in India.
  • The publications of CZA namely Vision Plan (2021-2031) for Indian zoos, WASH Manual for Zoos, and AzadiKa Amrit Mahotsav – A Compilation (Vol 1) were released at the conference.
  • The zoos were motivated to become financially independent and adopt Corporate Social Responsibility and public-private partnerships.
  • The zoos were also asked to conserve local birds and animals along with the wild and forest animals.
  • The Prani Mitra Awards 2021 were also delivered at the conference. The winners in each category are:
    • Outstanding Animal Keeper: Shrimati Lakhidevi, Bhagwan Birsa zoological Park, Ranchi Jharkhand
    • Outstanding Educationist/ Biologist: Harpal Singh, Educationist Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park Chatbir, Punjab
    • Outstanding Veterinarian: Dr. Illiyaraja, Agra Bear Rescue Facility, Uttar Pradesh
    • Outstanding Director: Dr. Vibhu Prakash Mathur, Director Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore Haryana
  • Static Part: 
    • HQ of CZA: New Delhi


Q.1 Which entity hosted National Conference for zoo directors and veterinarians 2021?
a. Arignar Anna Zoological Park,Chennai
b. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad
c. Sardar patel Zoological Park of Gujarat
d. Zoological Garden, Alipore

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