Sixteen endangered species of vulture released in Dinajpur
Published : Tuesday, 6 April, 2021 at 7:52 PM Count : 277
Sixteen vultures which are on the verge of extinction have been released after nursing at a rescue centre of the Department of Forest at Birganj in Dinajpur.
Vultures, also known as the cleaners of nature, are now endangered birds in Bangladesh. They are specialised scavengers feeding on the carcasses of dead animals. They are a key component to maintaining healthy ecosystems. They keep the environment clean and free of contagious diseases. But it has now become a rare incident and this species is facing extinction.
By ridding the ground of dead animals, vultures prevent diseases from spreading to humans and animals.
The bird eat and digest the germs of about 40 diseases including Anthrax.
But the vultures in Bangladesh have started facing the danger of exinction after people began to use diclofenac sodium as the pain killer for cattle about three and a half decades ago. If a vulture consumes dead animal injected with diclofenac sodium, it can't remain alive but to die. The matter came to light in 2003 and then the use of diclofenac sodium was prohibited in areas inhabited by vultures.
The Bangladesh government and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have jointly taken an action plan to conserve and increase vulture population.
The government has set up a vulture safe and rescue centre at Birganj in Dinajpur, and declared few areas in the country as the sanctuaries for vultures to save the species from extinction.