Expert laments harsh conditions for animals in parks – The Eagle Online

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The director of the Jos animal park, Sakburkya Mohammed, denounced the poor state of affairs in the conservation park.

Mohammed spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview on Saturday in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

He cited poor animal welfare due to poor feeding, lack of mates and encroachment as some of the challenges.

He complained that because there hadn’t been any form of pairing of animals for breeding purposes in the park for some time, “there is virtually no hope of continuity for the animals there.

“In a conservation industry like this, we need continuity, where we get new animals and animals are matched to improve breeding.

“But once there’s no more pairing, you know you can’t even get a lot of new animals and there’s really no hope for continuity.”

Mohammed, however, noted that there had been several attempts with requests for the park’s needs but nothing had been done.

He argued that the park could only generate reasonable revenue “when there is something for tourists to come and see.

“We always write memos asking for more animals, because in the current state of the park, if there are a lot of animals, we will have more tourists.

“The income will be great, but if there are no animals, people will be reluctant to come for tourism.

“But the more new or exciting animals there are, people will love coming to see new animals that they’ve never seen or heard of before.”

Mohammed noted that the park only had a lion and an elephant with no companions.

Also talking about other challenges facing the park, Mohammed added that human encroachment prevails.

“We have a lot of encroachment issues around the park, as communities get too close for human activities.

“It’s getting a lot, especially for the farmers, people are encroaching on farming and even some are building houses in the park areas.

“So this is a serious problem and we need to educate people about the dangers of doing this.

“Because if an animal escapes, there’s no way it won’t hurt people because they’re very close to the park.

“So honestly we face a lot of challenges,” he said.

Jos Animal Park is one of the most important conservation parks in the country and the main tourist attractions of the Plateau where nature has been preserved since its creation in 1972.

Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting plant and animal species and their habitats and ensuring the balance and stability of nature’s processes as part of the global ecosystem.

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