Tania Khan, an animal researcher and wildlife photographer, passed away at her residence in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila yesterday. She was 45.
She suffered a cardiac arrest in her sleep the night before, said Abu Musa Shamsul Muhith Chowdhury, divisional forest officer of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department in Moulvibazar.
She suffered two heart attacks and had been admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital a few days ago, Abu Musa added.
People from all walks of life including wildlife lovers, journalists, teachers, artists, writers, politicians and locals rushed to her residence to pay tributes.
Writer Akmol Hossain Nipu said Tania played a steadfast role and looked after the injured animals with the passion of a mother.
Tania was the wife of Forest Range Officer M Munir Ahmed, who passed away in an accident in 2015. The couple is survived by their four children.
After her husband's demise, Tania went to Moulvibazar to study wildlife, said Abu Musa.
Her love for animals established “Save our unprotected wildlife”, also known as “Souls”, an animal welfare organisation.