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Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) is a premier Indian organization conducting Research in the field of Zoology. This topic will help one get a clear understanding of the functions and objectives of the Zoological Survey of India. The below article throws light on the recent developments related to the Zoological Survey of India.

Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) – Introduction

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) was launched in 1916 to promote survey, exploration, and research to enhance the knowledge regarding the flora and fauna of the British Indian Empire. It is India’s apex organization on animal taxonomy. 

It originated as a Zoological Section of the Indian Museum in Kolkata.

Initially, the ZSI had eight regional centers across India. Currently, there are 16 regional centers spread across the country.

The headquarters is in Kolkata.

It has been declared as a designated repository for the National Zoological Collection as per Section 39 of the National Biodiversity Act, 2002.

Zoological Survey of India – Objectives

The ZSI has contributed significantly to knowledge and research on the fauna of the country. The primary objectives of the ZSI are:

To promote the survey, exploration, research, and documentation on various aspects of animal taxonomy in the Indian subcontinent. It also seeks the advancement of knowledge on animal taxonomy.

Make a status survey of the threatened and endemic species.

Preparation of Red Data Book, Fauna of India, and Fauna of States.

Bio-ecological studies on important communities/species.

Preparation of database for the recorded species of the country.

Maintenance and Development of National Zoological Collections.

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