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Comilla Zoo in poor shape

Only 16 animals, birds are for demonstration

Published : Sunday, 30 October, 2016 at 12:00 AM  Count : 557
Masudur Rahman

COMILLA, Oct 29: The Comilla Zoo built in 1986 on 10.15 acres of land at Kaliajhuri area of the district is now in a poor condition as the number of different animals and birds is reducing here
every year.
Now only 16 animals and birds including a lion, seven different species monkeys, two bears, two river gulls, two Egyptian hens, a python and a hare are living in the zoo, but their condition is not good.
Four years ago, there were nine deer, two more monkeys, a fox, a peacock and a river gull. But, the peacock died on January 1, 2014, the deer were taken to another place while the lion has become sick.
Now most of the cages including those of the deer have remained empty for long, and instead of animals, timbers have been left inside the cages.
The animals living in the zoo are dying due to the negligence of the authority and shortage of food. The boundary walls at east and north sides of the zoo are very low. Many homeless children are seen crossing the wall easily. Although there are guards, they don't care about this.
Mamunur Rahman Patwary, leaseholder of the zoo and the botanical garden said, 13 charters of demand were submitted to the administration for the development of the zoo in October 4, 2011, but no action was taken based on the demands.
Swapan Kumar Dutta, office assistant of Comilla Zila Parishad said, from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016 the zoo was leased for Tk 1.20 lakh.
Meanwhile, not more than 10 people come to visit the zoo every day. Although the zoo remains open from morning till evening to all kinds of visitors, but mostly teenagers and young couples are seen to come here.
The soil from the roots of different trees inside the zoo has been removed due to rain. Besides, no new trees are planted here. After any scanty rainfall, the surroundings especially the lower areas are flooded.
Md. Omar Faruque, administrator of Comilla Zila Parishad said, the district administration which is the authority of the zoo and botanical garden, leases it every three years.
Though the Comilla zoo has huge potential, but there is no step to develop it. The district administration will take proper step in this connection very soon, he added.

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