Efforts on to make NZP a model zoo

Patton inspects development works in NZP

Dimapur, February 7 (MExN): Efforts are in progress to transform the Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP) and bring it up to national standards. The works are being carried out with an aim to make NZP the best in the northeast and in an attempt to receive the tag of a model zoo from the Central Zoo Authority of India, joining 25 other zoos across the India.

To set the works into motion, Nagaland state Forest Minister, Y Patton on February 7 inspected the ongoing developmental projects in the park. He also surveyed the ongoing enclosure projects for tigers, Langurs and Barking Deer.

The Minister expressed satisfaction with the pace of development and expressed hope that the lone zoological park in the state be developed as per national standards. He said that the NZP has the best landscape for setting up a zoo and added that the political will to develop the zoo exists. Patton further inspected the peripheral wall, where some portions have been damaged and others are showing signs of wear and tear. He remarked the urgency to prepare for the works, before the onset of monsoon. He also inspected the ongoing shopping mall construction site at Forest Colony and interacted with officials.

Meanwhile, officials informed that permission has been obtained from the Central Zoo Authority of India for exchange of two Royal Bengal Tigers from Thiruvanathanpuram, Kerala, for two Himalayan Black Bears from Nagaland.

A proposal is also afoot to transform the water body at NZP into a recreation centre, both for migratory birds and the public. The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has given assurance to undertake the work.

If the proposed plan materializes as envisaged, NZP will soon become a centre of research, education, recreation, conservation and re-introduction (breeding centre for endangered animals). Presently, the department has introduced a Deer Safari in NZP.

Earlier, Patton held a meeting with the three village councils at Piphema village in order to find an alternative site for the department office. The meeting was necessitated, as the proposed four lane Kohima – Dimapur road is likely to affect the existing office.

It was informed that the village council chairmen of Piphema Old, Piphema New and Piphema ‘A’ have assured to allocate a suitable site for the department, which will be made known shortly.

It was made known to the Chairmen that the department would require at least 5 acres of land, necessary for nursery beds and preferably by the stream for watering purpose.
The Minister was accompanied by a host of dignitaries, including Additional Principal Conservator of Forest, Chief Wildlife Warden and other functionaries.