Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad is the first zoo in the country to come forward to work with Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES)
Reproductive Technologies by recovery and cryopreservation of gametes and embryos. For cell line studies samples are collected from dead animals for future studies.
Specific diet charts were prepared for the inmates in the Zoo after many experiments and Research. Species specific diets were tried and succeeded in formulating the alternative diet schedules to Primates, Ratites, Raptors, Small herbivores, Carnivores etc.,
Several Research scholars are associated with this Zoo in studying the breeding -behavior, biology. With the help of scat & urine samples research is done on stress conditions of wild animal, heat symptoms and pregnancy diagnosis.
Basically, the services of CCMB are being utilized for this purpose. The CCMB are studying the breeding habits of Vultures. They are collecting various specimens / samples for DNA finger printing. They have taken up artificial insemination of Spotted Deers successfully and are planning similar work with Black Buck.
Project LaCONES: LaCONES (Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species), a collaborative research program of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Dept of Biotechnology (DBT), Central Zoo Authority of India (Central Zoo Authority), Nehru Zoological Park (NZP), and Government of Telangana is aimed at the conservation of endangered animals through the use of biotechnological intervention.
Major objectives of LaCONES are as follows:
- Monitoring of genetic variation by modern techniques such as DNA fingerprinting.
- Assisted reproduction of critically endangered species.
- Wildlife forensics.
The ongoing research activities of LaCONES at Nehru Zoological Park are as follows:
- Standardization of assisted reproductive technologies in ungulates
- Standardization of assisted reproductive technologies in big cats
- Assisted reproduction in White-backed Vulture
- Assisted reproduction in Nicobar Pigeon and Pheasants
- Non – invasive monitoring of reproductive function of Indian wild animals
- Standardization of ultrasonography techniques for pregnancy diagnosis in wild animals
- Establishment of gene bank and cell lines of wild animals