Visitors thronged the National Zoo in the capital’s Mirpur on Friday, the first day of its reopening after a five-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Officials of the zoo said visitors from different parts of Dhaka and its outskirts crowded the zoo in the morning.
Selim Mia and Runa Begum, a couple who came from Mailbagh area with their sons Ayan and Rifat, said, “Our kids were very frustrated as they could not step outside the house. We have brought them to the zoo for refreshment and they are enjoying the time now.”
The visitors gathered infront of the cages of tigers and monkeys in big numbers. Many of them wanted to see the two newborn tiger cubs Durjoy and Abantika, who were born to tiger couple Beli and Tagar on May 26 last.
Besides, they enjoyed movements of elephants who showcased different games following the directions of their instructors.
Rakibul Hasan, a visitor from the Jhigatola area, said the most attractive part of the visit to the zoo was the performance of two elephahts with football.
“The football match was exhibited at the shed of elepaht. The match between Sundori and Raza Bahadur, the two elephants, really enthralled us,” he said.
Director of the National Zoo Abdul Latif said, “We have trained two elephants so that they can entertain our visitors by playing football. Both the elephants can take penalty kicks and score goals.” “The zoo was opened for pulbic after about 5 months of closure for Covid-19 situation. It will remain open from 9:00am to 6:00pm except Sudnay. However, we will keep the zoo open on the first Sunday in every month marking the birth centenary of Banagbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” the director added.
He said the authorities arranged 12 hand-washing points and took all other necessary steps to ensure the implementation of Covid-19 proctols.
(2) A bunch of people with kids and senior citizens revels around the monkey cages.
(3) Elephants show heartfelt attempts to entertain visitors. Md Nasir Uddin