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Chittagong Zoo to build new aviary

  • Published at 01:58 pm August 29th, 2018

The new aviary will house 300 birds of six different species

The authorities of Chittagong Zoo have decided to construct a new aviary to provide visitors with the opportunity to gaze upon different species of birds.

The 60ft-long and 25ft-wide aviary will have 300 birds of six species, including: 20 pairs of lovebirds, 50 pairs of laughing doves, 10 pairs of pheasants, 10 pairs of Ringneck parakeets, 50 pairs of cockatiels, and a pair of macaws.   

President of Chittagong Zoo Executive Committee and Chittagong Deputy Commissioner Elius Hossain is likely to inaugurate the aviary in mid-September.     

Ruhul Amin, member secretary of Chittagong Zoo Executive Committee told the Dhaka Tribune that the construction of the natural mini-aviary was going on with a budget of Tk34 lakh.

"Tk20 lakh will be spent on infrastructure while the remaining Tk14 lakh will be spent in procuring the different species of birds," said Ruhul, also Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Kaptai Upazila in Chittagong.

Set up on February 28 in 1989, the zoo is located on about 2.5 hectares of hilly terrain in the city’s Foy’s Lake area.

Run by Chittagong district administration, the zoo now houses more than 360 animals of 67 species. Of them, 34 species are of birds while the rest are of reptiles and other mammals.