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Attempts being made to politicise Zoo

Ray Grairo of Sri Lanka Politics totally agrees with the Island News Paper report and supports the extension of Director of National Zoological Gardens Brigadier H. A. N. T. Perera who has done an outstanding job.

Speculation is rife that an attempt is being made to replace the Director of National Zoological Gardens Brigadier H. A. N. T. Perera by denying him an extension in service.

Well informed sources said that politically influential person is eyeing his post.

The Department of National Zoological Gardens is the only national institution functioning without a director from May 18, which involves in ex-situ conservation of wild animals in Sri Lanka.

Brig. Perera assumed duties as the director of the Department of National Zoological Gardens in May 2001, when the department was in a situation where urgent development and conservation programmes were lacking for its existence among the modern Zoo community. state, environmentalists said.

The Minister of Zoological and Botanical Gardens Bandula Basnayaka presented a cabinet paper to have the service of the Brig. Perera extended and it was passed. The Minister also requested President Mahinda Rajapakse, in a letter, to extend the former director’s service. However, the letter seemed to have been delayed by the Presidential Secretariat, sources said, adding that a corrupt person’s name had been forwarded to the President for appoint as the new director of zoo.

Project proposals have been submitted for the Rehabilitation Center in Galgamuwa for the orphaned and injured wild animals, Wild Animal Park in Wagolla and the Snake Park in Gampaha, to manufacture anti-venom in Sri Lanka, have been delayed due to this despute.

Deputy Directors, Administrative officers and Veterinary Surgeons of the Zoo have also written to President Rajapakse to extend Brig. Perera’s service. -Island

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June 5, 2006 - Posted by | Media Journalism, News and politics, Press Release, South Asia, World News

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