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Irregularities in Dhaka Zoo: Animals not getting food on time

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3rd August, 2022 10:21:43 AM
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Irregularities in Dhaka Zoo: Animals not getting food on time
National Zoo at Mirpur in the capital is plagued by corruption and mismanagement. Animals are not getting food on time. Even the food they get is of poor quality. A broken elephant sculpture is now being used as a bin. The photos were taken on Tuesday. – SUN PHOTO

The animals of the National Zoo in the capital are not getting food on time, thanks to the negligence of the authorities concerned.

The animals get food only in the morning.

Although the animals are supposed to get food in morning hours, it is hardly provided on time, visitors alleged.

Citing Tuesday’s picture of serving food, some visitors said although the food reached the shed of Gayal at 12:30pm, it was not provided till then.

While visiting the zoo on Tuesday, it was seen that beef was distributing through a van at about 10:00am.

When this correspondent went near the van, one of the zoo staff asked him to leave the place and not to take any picture of the beef.

This correspondent saw a large portion of the fat (chorbi) inside the van along with the flesh and bones.

It was about 11:30am, but no food was given to vultures. Around 11:40am beef was provided to the vultures shed B-28.

After providing beef to the shed, it was seen that a rat came out from a nearby hole and taking those beef.

While visited the Gayal shed L-7 at about 12:30pm it was seen that food was not provided but kept outside the shed. But no one was found there to give the food to Gayal. No food was provided to the monkey cage SM-1 till 11:30am.

Bangladesh National Zoo currently has about 3,515 animals of 129 species. A total of 56 animals in the zoo have already passed their normal lifespan. After winning the hearts of visitors for a long time, now they are tired, weary and devastated.

It has been found that there is a shortage of manpower and doctors in the national zoo. There are 198 people here instead of 245 officers and employees.

Despite repeated attempts, National Zoo Curator Mohammad Mazibur Rahman could not be contacted over phone for comments.