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Laws relating to zoo animals

Laws relating to zoo animals are also found in The Wildlife Protection Act.


  • Section 38A of the Act provides for establishment of a Central Zoo Authority by the Central Government, which has the following functions:
  • specifying the minimum standards for keeping of animals inside the zoo
  • recognize or derecognize zoos.
  • recognize endangered species and assign responsibilities to zoos for their captive breeding, etc.
  • According to Section 38 H, no zoo is allowed to function in India without recognition of the Central Zoo Authority.
  • The CZA provides the guidelines that are necessary for Establishment & Scientific Management of Zoos in India. These include rules like providing sufficient area, healthcare, freedom of movement, a naturalistic environment to the animals, etc.