The tigers at the Bannerghatta Biological Park suffering from salmonella infection, after being fed with contaminated meat, have recovered and are now said to be out of danger.

According to Forest officials, the 16 big cats including - Annu, Gowri and her three cubs, Yashoda and her two cubs, Arya, Inchara, Kalpana Chawla, Raja, Rani, Lava and Amar - are now out of danger.

A female spotted deer of Herbivore Safari died at the Bannerghatta Biological Park here on Wednesday, while the condition of a leopard is said to be critical.

A post-mortem conducted on the deer revealed that the cause of death is chronic hepatitis and adhesion of visceral organs.

Fifteen tigers, including five cubs, under treatment for bacterial infection at the Bannerghatta Biological Park are responding positively to treatment, a top forest official said on Monday.

"All the infected tigers are showing positive response to the treatment including Minchu who appears to be slightly better but is under intensive care and observation.

The Bannerghatta night safari has become a bone of contention between two ministers, with Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy declaring that he is firm on going ahead with plans for the night safari.

The statement comes a couple of days after newly-appointed minister and chief minister

There is a slight improvement in the condition of two tigers suffering from severe bacterial infection at Bannerghatta National park on the outskirts of the city where five wild cats have died in the last one week, a top forest official said here on Monday.

"There is slight improvement in the condition of two tigers -- seven year-old Arya and Minchu (4) -- which have been suffering from severe

Even a week after the death of first of the four tigers at the Bannergahatta Biological Park (BBP), the officials are yet to ascertain the cause for the spread of the bacterial infection.

Speaking with mediapersons on Monday, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, B K Singh said that the exact cause of bacterial infection cannot be identified.

Salmonella bacteria caused the death of two tigers, lions and one nelgai at the Bannerghatta Biological Park recently, according to M N Jayakumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

Briefing reporters here on Wednesday, he said many animals have been living beyond their biological ages and the ones which died, succumbed due to age related problems.

The State Government has, at last, woken up to focus on hygiene in Bannerghatta National Park.

Four animals -- two lions and two tigers -- have died and many animals have fallen sick in the last one week.

If the 'natural causes' theory for the beggars

The animal adoption and awareness drive at the Bannerghatta Biological Park is set to get bigger this year.

Green Matrix, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) involved with wildlife, and Samhita Academy have been roped in to spread awareness about the animals and wildlife to a larger spectrum of people.