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Rangpur Zoo lacks adequate animals

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RANGPUR: A view of Rangpur Zoo on Thursday.

Mintu Abdur Rahman, Rangpur  :
Rangpur Zoo is gradually losing its charm and has become a boring place for the visitors, owing to lack of adequate animals.
A number of cages of animals in the zoo have been lying empty for years turning the zoo into an unattractive place. The zoo has inadequate shade for many wild animals living in small enclosures which obstructs them from wandering around. These animals seem to have forgotten their wild behaviour and hardly howl or growl.      
Sources said wild animals like lions, tigers and bears should get an opportunity to roam around freely in open space. As Rangpur zoo has no such large space all wild beasts are kept here in confinement for long. Consequently the animals have become feeble and sick.     
Founded on 21.51 acres of land in 1989, the zoo was opened for visitors in 1991 with 23 species of animals. Presently, lions, Royal Bengal tigers, crocodiles, gharial, deer, peacocks, hippopotamus, bear and hundreds of birds are the main attraction for the visitors.
Though the environment of the zoo has improved a lot in recent times and it has got fresh look due to cordial effort by the present authority but lack of new animals for long is quite disappointing to the visitors.
Sayed Babu, a resident of Rangpur city that his family has to return home disappointed after visiting the zoo as they fail to see their favourite animals there like giraffe, zebra, kangaroo, rhino etc.
Deputy Curator of Rangpur zoo, Dr. Jasim  uddin  claimed that recently they made several attempts to bring some new animals like giraffe, zebra elephant but they are yet to get any new attractive animals except some peacocks.

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