Any job involving animals can never be dull: Range Gowda - The New Indian Express

Any job involving animals can never be dull: Range Gowda

Published: 14th November 2013 10:08 AM

Last Updated: 14th November 2013 10:08 AM

As Chief Conservator of Forests and Executive Director (ED) of Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), Range Gowda finds his job rewarding but he dislikes one aspect. “As a human being, I feel uncomfortable to see animals caged. I would want to see them free, just like us,” he says.

Ask the executive director what interested him to take up the job and he says that it was not out of choice. “It is a good job and I am thoroughly enjoying it at this moment. Any job involving animals can never be dull,” he says.

Describing his typical work at the park, Gowda explains, “We have around 250 staff members and each one is given the responsibility to take care of animals. Any abnormal conditions will be brought to my notice. I visit the Safari thrice in a week and go around the zoo almost on a daily basis. I enjoy the Safari mainly because I see the animals left free over there,” he says.

As an animal lover, he has his favourite creature too. “I am attached to Panthers and I would like see them everyday,” he reveals.

Gowda is aware of the  threat of quarring that is taking place time and again around the park. “Quarrying was not a threat to the zoo but to the park. Now, they have stopped all quarry business,” says Gowda and further adds, “The main problem of the park is that it is a narrow strip of forest and animals find it difficult to walk freely. Only last year, they added some extra area towards Kanakapura side.”

Gowda has another reason to worry; BBP getting closer to the concrete jungle. “This 750-acre park in a metropolitan city is very rare. Our Safari is one of the best. Of course, we feel that the city is getting close to the zoo when one travels from Bangalore. But once you get inside, it is a different atmosphere,” he says.

There is good news too. Bannerghatta zoo has crossed Mysore zoo in terms of revenue. “We have enormous scope but it is not easy as we have a lot of legal problems. People have unnecessarily poked their nose and projects have stopped. Revenue-wise, we are up but visitor-wise, we are a little down now. But on the whole, it is a good sign for BBP and we are sustaining ourselves as of now,” he says.

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