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A heaven for biodiversity

  • Published at 05:14 pm November 18th, 2016
  • Last updated at 04:25 pm November 27th, 2016
A heaven for biodiversity

It is exceptional for it's biodiversity. The landscape that hosts the university campus is a rare combination of a series of hillocks, abundant trees of all kinds, wild birds, free moving of wild animals and 12 lakes. It is also one of the destinations of migrant birds that travel literally thousands of miles to Bangladesh.

Approximately 18 species of mammals, 186 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles, 12 species of frogs, and 125 species of butterflies are native to the area. In addition, 3 hundreds species of trees (including some medicinal, endangered and rare) grow here. There are 12 lakes in this campus and various type of water lilies are bloom in the water.

In the winter 30 to 35 species of emigrant birds including Sarali, Khanina, Porchard, Jalpip, Chamotthuti can be seen found in the lakes. These birds come from Siberia, Kashmir, Himachal among other regions. The birds arrive at the beginning of November and stay till middle of March.

In the southern part of the campus there are a botanical garden, an insect rearing center, and a wild life rescue center. The botanical garden grows and nurture more than 300 indigenous and exotic trees including medicinal, ornamental, timber, edible fruit yielding, bamboo, and rattan plant species. Climate change is threatening different types of tree are some are near the brink of extinction.

At the wild life rescue center visitors can see free moving snakes, mongoose, squirrels and Monitor Lizards among other animals. The first butterfly park and research center was inaugurated recently in this campus and a different event named ‘Butterfly Fair’ is being held since 2010. A “Bird Fair” is also being held since 2001, aiming to raise consciousness towards butterflies and bird.

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