GUWAHATI: Assam is planning to get its State Bird from a zoo in Czech Republic.
Decades ago, some white winged wood ducks (deo hah) were taken to Europe by tea planters from the continent. As the numbers of the Assam’s State Bird – listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – is fast decreasing, state forest department is planning to bring offsprings of those in Europe for conservation breeding, reports The Assam Tribune.
Forest officials told the newspaper that of these ducks are currently housed at Czech Republic’s Zoo Zlin, and some believe they are progenies of those taken along by the European tea planters from Assam.
The State forest department will bring five individuals ducks – two males and three females – from the Czech zoo as part of a joint international animal breeding programme.
“The Ministry of Environment & Forest has given us the nod. We are awaiting the permissions from the DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade) and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) which should come by March end,” Divisional Forest Officer at the State Zoo here Tejas Mariswamy told The Assam Tribune.
With inputs from The Assam Tribune