Sonowal visits State Zoo, takes stock of prevalence of ‘Canine distemper’; Govt will take adequate steps for transforming State Zoo into a centre of excellence for the tourists: CM

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GUWAHATI, Aug 21: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday visited the State Zoo here to take the stock of the situation after death of five jackals of Canine distemper disease in the past ten days.
Canine distemper, also known as ‘hardpad disease’, is a viral disease that affects a wide species of animals, including domestic and wild dogs, coyotes, foxes, pandas, wolves, ferrets, skunks, raccoons and large cats, as well as primates and a variety of other species.
The chief minister held discussion with the veterinarians, zoologists, senior officers and zoo authorities to take stock of the situation.
Sonowal directed the zoo authority to vaccinate all the animals as a preventive step to bail the zoo out of the problem. Though in course of the discussion, it was informed that periodic vaccinations are being given to the inmates of the State Zoo, Sonowal directed the authorities to strictly adhere to the regime of all essential vaccines to empower the animals to develop shield against fatal diseases.
Sonowal also took stock of all the species of animals in the zoo and emphasized on the steps taken by the zoo authority for their reproduction.
He also asked to adhere to the specified standard for drinking water and water for bathing. He also informed that appropriate steps will be taken to set up a laboratory in the zoo premises to analyse the qualitative standard of water in zoo.
He also asked the authority for starting an academic centre for the students in the premises of zoo which will cater to the zoological and botanical aspects of the academic requirements of the students. Sonowal also informed that his government is considering to set up a research centre to study the behavioural aspects of the animals and accordingly chart out their food habits, suitable habitats suitable mating period etc.
The chief minister said the state government will take adequate steps for transforming the Assam State Zoo into a centre of excellence for the tourists.
Minister of state for environment and forest Naba Kumar Doley, media and legal advisers to chief minister Hrishikesh Goswami and Shantanu Bharali, MLA Angoorlata Deka also accompanied the Chief Minister to the zoo.

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