Published:  12:00 AM, 22 February 2017

Chittagong Zoo fails to attract large visitors

Chittagong Zoo fails to attract large visitors The entrace of Chittagong Zoo -AA

Chittagong Zoo authority has failed to attract the visitors due to lack of rare species of animals since its establishment in 1989. Animal loving people who want to get recreation from zoo became annoyed to see the same animal again and again.

More than 2,000 people, especially children with their families come to visit the zoo everyday. The zoo is beside the Concord amusement park in Khulsi area. But children were found more interested to visit the park than zoo.    

The zoo began its journey on February 28 in 1989 with a pair of monkeys only. At present, there are 70 types of species including birds and animals in 37 cages. The area of the zoo is about six acres.

Tiger, lion, monkey, vulture, python, crocodile, samber deer, spotted deer, leopard cat, hod deer, palm civet, stripped hyena, birds like parrots, dhanesh, peacock are the only attractions for the visitors.

Kashem Ali Rana, a businessman who often visits the zoo said, my six years son wants to see giraffe, elephant, hippopotamus, rhinoceros but the authority couldn't present those animals to the viewers. Richer arrangement will increase attraction of the zoo.
Sabrina Chowdhury who came to the zoo with her daughter said that the Chittagong Zoo is not so rich like that of Dhaka. But, it should be made modern and needs to collect many new animals for the visitors."

Sources said, the capacity of area for animals is too small to preserve. Officials of the zoo preferring anonymity said, "We need more than 20 acres area to maintain the zoo. If we get that much of land, we can provide many rare species for animal loving visitors."

Moreover, the development, maintenance, salaries of the employees, food and medical treatment of the animals come from income of the ticket selling. The authority couldn't manage any government allocation for the development of zoo. So, the zoo is yet to get the desired shape. Many donors from outside the city donate an animal which helps to enrich the zoo.

According to many people, the zoo is beside the amusement park. The guardians haven't the capability to enjoy both sides at a time. It is one of the major causes of reducing the rush of the visitors.A 30-member committee headed by District Commissioner (DC) is looking after the zoo till its establishment.

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