By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
Conservator-General, Nigeria National Parks Service, NPS, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni has called for adequate training for personnel involved in handling wild animals in the zoos and parks.
Goni told The AUTHORITY in an interview in Abuja that this will reduce the risk in the profession.
Goni’s call is in response to recent mauling of a worker in a Park in Kaduna.
The Park where the incident happened is outside the jurisdiction of Nigeria Park Service.
The CG advised that zoo’s and wildlife Parks ensure rules are obeyed.
He also called for creation of activities for the animals.
“They should ensure cages/fences are in line with best international practices, like the Chester Zoo in London”
“Curators should be trained to understand behaviour of animals in the wide life and in captivity”
“Proprietors and owners of zoo should ensure they provide good welfare package and life insurance cover”
Goni has a long record of service in the NPS and with wide experience in effective maintenance of the nation’s parks.