The Minister of state (I/C) for Environment and Forests Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan stated in Lok Sabha that there are 668 Protected Areas (including 102 National Parks, 515 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 47 Conservation Reserves, 4 Community Reserves) and 198 Zoos including 23 circuses in the country.
The Minister said that the financial assistance for development and
upkeep of Protected Areas is provided under the Centrally Sponsored
Schemes of ‘Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats’ and ‘Project
Briefing the members further the Minister added that the Ministry has
modified the existing Centrally Sponsored Schemes by adding more
components and activities for providing better protection and
conservation to wildlife and its habitats. For the protection and
improvement of zoos across the country, the Central Zoo Authority has
formulated detailed guidelines for the scientific management of zoos for
adoption and implementation by the zoo operators.