Sunday, October 17, 2004

Wildlife Rescue Centre set up at JU

JU Correspondent

Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) has been established at Jahangirnagar University (JU).

The centre, first of its kind in the country, will preserve the endangered species of wildlife and conduct research on their habitat.

Vice-chancellor Prof Khandaker Mustahidur Rahman formally inaugurated the centre yesterday.

Assistant Prof Dr Mostofa Firoz established the centre on five-acre of land on the southern part of the campus.

The centre will also be used as a field laboratory for the students of zoology department.

The centre will work on wildlife management, preservation and breeding.

The M. Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. students of zoology department have already started research on otter, hilly moyna, titir and local rabbit at the centre.

It has already sheltered three endangered species of Mammilla, fifty species of butterfly, ten species of Reptile and four species of Amphibia in its natural atmosphere.

Sources said our scientists have identified 889 species of wildlife in the country.

The WRC will collect endangered species of wildlife from different parts of the country and conduct research on their breeding and genetics after sheltering them at the centre.

"This type of work should be welcomed. I will extend all possible help to the centre," said the vice-chancellor.

"The centre will play a significant and important role in conducting research on wildlife" said Prof Mostofa Firoz.

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