Inauguration of Wildlife Clinic and Laboratory

opening of wildlife clinic and lab by SecretaryJanuary 30, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Secretary, Dasho Tenzin Dhendup accompanied by the Director General of Department of Forests and Park Services, Mr. Chencho Norbu, inaugurated the first Wildlife Clinic and Laboratory at Taba. This unit will provide timely and reliable services to the injured wild animals.

The unit consists of clinic and laboratory which will treat the injured and diseased wild animals. The laboratory will carry out research and experiment to avoid zoonotic diseases from spreading to humans while also treating the injured wild animals. The injured animals are kept and looked after in an enclosure. Currently, the centre is nursing a bear and a deer for their injuries.

While talking to Kuenzang Gyeltshen, Dy. Chief Forest Officer, he said that previously there was no such rehabilitation centre for the injured animals. They had to get help from domestic veterinarians. He highlighted that, in 2005 the foresters of Tsaphey,Haa had rescued a tiger. Due to lack of rehabilitation centre, the tiger was kept with its prey, in takin preserve area. Therefore, within one week they had developed a project and managed an open area to keep the injured tiger for treatment and recovery. Later they decided to establish this current enclosure structure which includes big crates, partition with moving doors for wild cats and bears and an open area enclosure for animals like deer.

The centre also have one manager, one veterinarian, two trained rangers, one wildlife technician, four attendants and one animal caretaker. With this structure, they can now work comfortably and can provide more concentration towards saving lives of wild animals. But there still lies the constraints of not being able to provide the immediate support due to lack of such facilities in other parts of the country and also due to transportation which delays the arrival of team or the injured from getting the required facilities.

Meanwhile, Dy. Chief Forest officer expressed ‘For now the structure stays incomplete’ and shared their plans to construct an opaque walls for the enclosure and most importantly highlighted on the construction of walls surrounding the centre and a gate to avoid disturbance to the animals by the increasing visitors.

Similarly, such structures expected to be duplicated in five wildlife regional centres. But with only few experts in this field, the duplication of such unit demands more expatriate or trained officials.

Reported by Tashi Yangzom with Photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS

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