The major threats to the existence of Bangladesh's wild animals and birds are habitat loss and poaching followed by deforestation, pollution, inadequate government protection measures, wildlife researchers told a discussion yesterday.
Bangladesh Forest Department organised the discussion in the capital's Jatiya Press Club marking World Wildlife Day, fixed by the United Nations last year and being observed with the theme “Conserve wildlife for environmental balance”.
The programme was delayed by two hours due to the late arrival of the chief guest, Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain Manju ,at 11:00am.
The discussants also urged the government to strengthen its organisations working to protect flora and fauna and take effective steps as human existence depended on wildlife.
According to Red Data Book of International Union for Conservation of Nature of 2000, 47 bird and 43 animals species of Bangladesh were listed as endangered and extinct.
Enam-Ul-Haque, general secretary of Bangladesh Birds Club, said three types of Bangladesh's vultures had almost gone extinct while at least 50 species of birds are critically endangered and would not be seen after 10 years.