10 Zebras’ death: Probe panel visits Safari Park

The inquiry committee formed to investigate the death of 10 zebras at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur visited the park on Sunday.

The inquiry committee contacted foreign experts and experienced doctors to prevent such deaths of zebras.

The committee also talked to South African farm owners from where the zebras were imported.

Symptoms of disease and test results have been emailed to them, said a media release.

The members of the medical board held meetings on January 25 and 29 at the Safari Park to provide emergency medical care to zebras to prevent their death.

The safari park authorities have been taking measures as per the 10-point recommendation given by the medical board.

The 10 Zebras died within a month till Saturday at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park.

Nine of the 22 zebras in the park died between January 2 to 24 , park authorities disclosed on Tuesday.

On Saturday noon, the members of the medical board held an emergency meeting in the park.

The members of the medical board are Dr ABM Shahidullah, former curator of National Zoo, Professor Dr Rafiqul Alam, and Professor Dr Abu Hadi Md Nur Ali Khan from of Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Hatem Sazzad Md Julkarnine, veterinary doctor of the safari park.

Dr Shafiul Ahad Sardar, Director of Central Veterinary Hospital and Dr Golam Ajam Chowdhury, Chief Scientific Officer of Central Disease Investigation Laboratory joined the meeting as experts.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change formed the five-member inquiry committee to find out the real cause of death of 1o zebras at the Gazipur safari Park.

The committee was asked to submit the investigation report to the ministry within 10 (ten) working days.

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