From a Correspondent
TANGLA, April 19: The rescue of 25 young monitor lizards (Varamus bengalensis or Common Indian monitor) at Udmari village of Darrang district and their subsequent release in a biodiversity park at Kalaigaon of Udalguri district has brought a ray of hope among ture lovers and wildlife activists.
Wildlife activists, assisted by villagers Mahesh Deka, Biraj Deka and Niren Deka of Udmari village, successfully rescued 25 young monitor lizards and half-hatched eggs at Udamari village recently. When the eggs hatched, 19 healthy monitor babies were released at Kaklata Das Bio-diversity Park at Kalaigaon after some days. Six weak and sick young reptiles could not be released that day. Fortutely, all the young monitor lizards had recovered well and all of them were released in the same place at a formal awareness field ceremony on April 18.
An awareness field workshop was arranged on the behavior of skes, owls and monitor lizards in presence of more than hundred students and teachers of three schools - Kalaigaon Girls’ High School; Lokapriya Bordoloi Public School and Kalaigaon Girls’ MV School.
DN Hazarika, SDO (S),Udalguri, who has also been known for his love for wildlife attended the ceremony to thank wildlife activists, teachers and students for coming forward for conservation of flora and fau. Other distinguished people of Kalaigaon like Kamal Prasad Sarma, Mouzadar, Binu Deka Saikia, HM, Kalaigaon Girls’ High School and social worker Bakul Sarkar also attended the field workshop-cum-release ceremony which was briefed by wildlife activist and senior jourlist Jayanta Kumar Das.