FROM Our Correspondent
Itagar, Aug 27: In a noble gesture, wildlife aficiodos have rescued endangered wildlife species from various parts of the state and handed over the animals to the authorities of Itagar zoo for further rehabilitation on Friday.
Shoba Bagang from Wada Bagang village has rescued an Indian Sand Boa (Eryx Johnii) a Schedule –IV species while another wildlife lover Arjun Dodum of Chimpu village near here, rescued a Slow Loris (Nycticebus Caucang) another schedule –I animal.
In an exhibition of love to animals, Ealvis Tallang of Lekhi village had also handed over a Rhesus Macaque (Macaca Mulatta) a schedule – II animal rescued recently while Singkhe Yangfo, Karbi Yangfo, Ru Yangfo and Pingy mchoom from harlagun have rescued a Monitor Lizard (Varanus Bengalensis) a schedule –I animal and handed over the species to the zoo authorities.
While extending his sincere thanks to the persons, Itagar zoo curator Raya Flago appreciated them on behalf of Environment and Forests department for the noble work they have done in saving the wildlife.
Flago also requested them to continue the work of saving the rich wildlife heritage of the state and appealed the people to stop hunting and buying wildlife and their parts.
The person who abets, use, possesses, and buy wildlife and their parts have equal punishment as that of actual hunter, he said adding, the punishment provisions in Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 has also been increased significantly which, have been extended up to seven years and fine which may extend up to fifty lakh rupees in case of wildlife crime.