Shillong, May 08: In a bid to protect and preserve the rich biodiversity of the region, the Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Ram Singh along with the members of the Huro Programme released one Slow Loris (nycticebus bengalensis) recently at Rangwalkamgre Community Reserved Forest near Babadam under West Garo Hills District.
It may be mentioned that this animal was found stranded in the human habitation at Resubelpara, North Garo Hills which was rescued by Xavi Xavier N Sangma and then informed the Huro Programme who came forward to rescue the animal.
The Manager, Huro Programme, Pakseng Sangma, informed that the Huro Programme is a Wildlife NGO based in Garo Hills and has been working since 2008 for the protection and conservation of Hoolock Gibbons in particular and other wild animals in general took immediate custody and brought it to its centre at Silchotchigre.
In view of the Slow Loris being considered as a schedule 1 animal and whose icon status was categorized as vulnerable, the in-house volunteer Vet decided to minimize this healthy animal’s exposure to various diseases by being in close company with humans, the animal had to be release as soon as possible, he added.
Accordingly, a small programme was organised at Rangwalkamgre Nokmas residence which was attended by the people from nearby villages also. The members of Huro programme sensitise the village people of the impending doom and the necessity to conserve wildlife and its habitat in the region. Nokmas of 2 villages also spoke on the issue and reminded the gathering about the rich conservation tradition and the rich biodiversity that is only part of folklore now.
During the gathering, Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh also pledged his undying support for a good cause and lauded the relationship and sense of belonging by the Achiks to their land. Further, while releasing the slow loris in the community forest of Rangwakamgre which has a tremendous scope for birding and as the ceremony was underway people could witness exotic birds like racket tailed dronggo and scarlet minivet hovering around the forest area.
Members of Huro programme informed that the loris has been aptly named “Rambo” after DC of West Garo Hills, Ram Singh for his unending support and concern for the wildlife and environment which is facing its biggest challenge to survive at the moment. We will monitor the animal to see if it can adapt to its new surroundings.
Voluntary Members of Huro Programme India, Bhuto R Marak and Dr. Saljagringrang Marak were also present during this programme.