NZP organizes training for zookeepers

Participants of the training for zookeepers.

Participants of the training for zookeepers.

Dimapur, August 21 (MExN): Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP) in collaboration with Aaranyak-A Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation conducted two-day residential training on zookeepers training on management of captive wildlife at NZP, Dimapur on August 18 and 19.

The training was held with a mission of carrying out research, training and conservation activities in Northeast India, stated a press release received here. 

A wide range of related topic areas are covered including Primates & Enrichment, Birds and its enrichment, Basic of Husbandry Practices, Treatment, Care & Managements, Treatment, Care & Managements and hand on training in the Zoo.

This course had provided participants with an initial understanding of the basic principles of Husbandry Practices, experience with the methods and techniques used for enrichment of the captive animals. 

The course consists of daily lectures and field exercises. 

First day of training was started on 18thAugust,2022 at Nagaland Zoological Park, Dimapur was Chaired by Dr C Zupeni Tsanglai IFS, Director NZP and inaugurated by Vedpal Singh, IFS, Chief Wildlife Warden, and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Territorial), Government of Nagaland. 

He welcomed the trainee from NZP and interns from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Veterinary Education and Research, Pondicherry. He said that this type of training is first of it kind in the state of Nagaland, which will help trainee to built your capacity for the management of captive animals of the Zoological Park.

Dr C Zupeni Tanglai also welcomed the trainee and the experts of the training programme and said the Zoo Keepers are the backbone of the Zoological Park and without their dedication and hard work of the Zoo Keepers, it is impossible to keep any animal at the Zoo. 

Dr Tsanglai also said these type of the training will help the keepers in capacity in animal husbandry and to enrich the cage for the well being of the animals and thanked Aaranyak for supporting the noble cause.

Dr Dilip Chetry, Head, Primate Research & Conservation Initiatives of Aaranyak, a society for Biodiversity conservation in Northeast India welcome all the trainee and request to make use of this training to enhance their knowledge of the animal husbandry and enrichment. 

Dr Chetry also highlighted the different of primates in Nagaland and its importance for the conservation, in particular and biodiversity in general. Inauguration session was also addressed by Dr Michael Imti Imchen, Zoo Veterinarian, Nagaland Zoological Park. Second session of the training was addressed by Mridupaban Phukan on the Birds and its enrichments. Second day of the training programme was inaugurated by Dharmendra Prakash IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Head of Forest Force, GoI.

In his inaugural lecture he said that he was very happy to see the development of Nagaland Zoological Park and wants to see Nagaland Zoological Park to be largest in the Northeast India. In his lecture, he assured all the help and support from the Department of Environment and Forest & Climate Change, Government of Nagaland. Second session was address by Dr Bijay Gogoi from Assam State Zoo, Guwahati, Assam and Dr Samshul Ali of Wildlife Trust of India. There were 20 trainee of Nagaland Zoological Parkand from Rajiv Gandhi Istitute of Veterinary Education and Research, Pondicherry had attended from August 18 and 19. A field study was conducted at Zoo campus.

During these training programme Dr Dilip Chetryof Aaranyak, Mridy Paban Phukan from Wildlife Conservation and Study Centre, Dr Bijay Gogoi from Assam State Zoo, Guwahati, Assam and Dr. Samshul Ali of Wildlife Trust of India, Dr C Zupeni Tsanglai, Dr Michael Imti Imchen, Dr Michael R Tsanglao, and Watisungla Ameract as a resource person of the training.  On August 19, the convocation of this training was addressed by Dr C Zupeni Tsanglai, IFS, Director, NZP and vote of thanks by Watisungla Amer, Forest Range Officer, NZP.