Minister of forest, ecology, environment and wildlife paid a visit to the Nagaland zoological park on March 23 to take stock of the condition and progress of Nagaland zoological park.
He was accompanied by conservator of forest (biodiversity and wildlife) Hocto Sema and divisional forest officer, Dimapur division Kocha Meyase.
The team planted Hollong (Dipteriocarpus macrocarpu) seeds in the park on the occasion to create awareness about biodiversity conservation and improvement of the habitat.
The minister was briefed by the officer in-charge about the present status and condition of the zoological park and urged the minister about the needs and problems faced by the park, especially developing adequate visitor’s amenities inside the park for the comfort of the visitors apart from construction of new enclosures and infrastructural facilities. The minister, meanwhile, expressed satisfaction at the progress of the zoological park and assured sincere efforts would be made to develop the park.
Further, the department has appealed to the people of the state in general and people in and around the city to support the department in its noble venture by co-operating and also protecting, conserving the forest and its resources by desisting from damaging the park’s properties and destroying the habitat.
While acknowledging the contribution of chairman, Bamunpukhri in rescuing two Assamese macaques (monkeys), the department said there have been many others even in the past who have assisted them in conserving wildlife.
It may be mentioned that the Nagaland zoological park located in the outskirts of Dimapur at Dhansiri road is about 5kms from Dhobinala-signal junction, and about 8kms from Nagarjan junction. The park is open from 9.30am to 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday, except Monday.