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The Central Zoo Authority is established under Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. The Authority shall perform the following functions: (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; and (k) Perform such other functions as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act with regard to zoos. Recognition of Zoos (1) No zoo shall be operated without being recognised by the Authority. Acquisition of animals by a zoo (1) No zoo shall acquire, sell or transfer any wild animal or captive animal specified in Schedules I and IIof the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972 except with the previous permission of the Authority. Annual report of the Central Zoo Authority is submitted to the Central Government which will be laid in the Parliament.

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