Southern Assam is home to various wildlife, from hoolock gibbons to king cobra, from rare species of lizards to distinct owls, a number of wild animals have been captured from the woods of Cachar district and Barak Valley at large in the past few years sans any mechanism to readapt them. Lack of a rehabilitation centre for wild animals has become a major concern.
Minister of Forest and Environment Parimal Suklabaidya has said that his department has taken an initiative to come up with a holistic centre in Barak Valley to rehabilitate wild animals. Also, steps are being taken to construct a zoo which shall attract people for amusement amidst the rich natural diversity of the region.
the upcoming centre will have all facilities including a veterinary health centre, food processing unit etc., for the animals together with a nature interpretation centre as well, as per sources from forest officials.
Meanwhile, Neville Buck, section manager at the Portland Zoo in London has been invited to share a design of the proposed centre here. Buck shared his views saying that conservation of wildlife is necessary. There should be natural enclosures for the animals instead of prisons. Mumbai-based naturalist Nayan Khanolkar is another expert who has been invited by the department to throw light on the preparatory arrangements.