Sylhet Wildlife Conservation Centre at Tilagarh Eco Park has received a batch of 58 animals of nine species for the first time, as the authorities prepare to open the centre for public tomorrow.
The animals, most of them birds, were transferred from Bangabandhu Safari Park of Gazipur on Tuesday, said Munirul Islam, divisional forest officer in Sylhet. The first batch includes two zebras, two deer, 12 peacocks, one golden pheasant, three silver pheasants, three macaws, four African grey parrots, four sun conure parrots, 30 love birds and a python.
Four more deer will arrive next week, while a pair of tigers or lions will be brought by December, the official said.
The Eco Park was established on October 3, 2012 on 112 acres of forest land at Tilagarh, on the fringe of Sylhet city, with an aim to build a sanctuary of wildlife. It is after more than six years that the Eco Park has received any wildlife.
Monzur Kader Chowdhury, former president of animal welfare organisation Pradhikar, said the conservation centre will be very helpful for quick response to protect wildlife from any danger.
As part of the conservation centre, a hospital has been built to treat and rehabilitate injured wildlife in Sylhet.
Asked, DFO Munirul Islam said, “We have all necessary equipment at the wildlife hospital but we are waiting for the doctor to join duty.”