The Assam StateZoocum Botanical Garden has been recently struggling in many aspects which include availability of much needed field necessities, in a timely manner. The guards and animal keepers have to work in challenging conditions and the lack of basic amenities like proper shoes makes the task at hand more difficult. To provide some much needed relief to the staff of Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, Guwahati based NGO Aaranyak distributed 178 pairs of shoes and boots in an event held on 16th May 2016 at the Herbarium Meeting Hall, Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, Guwahati.
The shoes which were sponsored by Aaranyak and Katie Adamson Conservation Fund (USA), in association with Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, were distributed among 178 staff that included officials, guards,animal keepers and all supporting staff of Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden. Mr. Swapan Kumar SealSarma, DFO-Assam State Zoo Cum Botanical Garden, stated, “The Zoo authority has limited access to necessary materials such as field shoes/boots, raincoats etc. needed for smooth functioning of our daily task. We appreciate this initiative by Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, Secretary General of Aaranyak to provide 178 pairs of field shoe/boots for regular duty use by the officials, guards and animal keepers of our Zoo.”
Om PrakashPandey, PCCF (Wildlife) commented, “This is a great initiative by Aaranyak. I thank them for their generous support towards our staff at our Zoo. I pledge you all, the officials, guards,animal keepers and all supporting staff of our Zoo will make right use of the boots given by Aaranyak .” Aaranyak shall continue to offer such field equipment to wildlife areas in Assam and adjoining states of NE India whenever needed in consultation with concerned officials to support and compliment the conservation initiatives of forest department. This was stated in a press release of Aaranyak.