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Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972

38C. Functions of the Authority

The Authority shall perform the following functions, namely:-


(a) specify the minimum standards for housing, upkeep and veterinary care of the animals kept in a zoo;


(b) evaluate and assess the functioning of zoos with respect to the standards or the norms as may be prescribed;


(c) recognize or derecognize zoos;


(d) identify endangered species of wild animals for purposes of captive breeding and assigning responsibility in this regard to a zoo;


(e) co-ordinate the acquisition, exchange and loaning of animals for breeding purposes;


(f) ensure maintenance of stud-books of endangered species of wild animals bred in captivity;


(g) identify priorities and themes with regard to display of captive animals in a zoo;


(h) co-ordinate training of zoo personnel in India and outside India;


(i) co-ordinate research in captive breeding and educational programmes for the purposes of zoos;


(j) provide technical and other assistance to zoos for their proper management and development on scientific lines;


(k) perform such other functions as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act with regard to zoos.

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