Context: The Ministry of Environment has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to include an expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and a molecular biologist.
More on the news:
- New people included in the authority are
- The Director, School of Planning and Architecture, and
- Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).
Recent guidelines issued by CZA related to pandemic:
- From June 1, the CZA has allowed zoos to take a call on opening them to visitors.
- In May, concerns were raised whether animals, particularly big cats, could be a source of transmission of COVID-19 after reports emerged of a tiger in New York’s Bronx Zoo testing positive.
- Following that, the CZA issued an advisory for enhanced surveillance.
About Central Zoo Authority (CZA)
- It is a statutory body chaired by the Union Environment Minister.
- It is tasked with regulating zoos across the country.
- The authority lays down guidelines and prescribes rules under which animals may be transferred among zoos nationally and internationally.
- Apart from the chairman, it consists of 10 members and a member-secretary.
- Almost all of them are officials in the Environment Ministry and non-government experts are those who are wildlife conservationists or retired forest officers.