The Kano Zoological Garden and Wildlife Management Agency has officially entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bayero University Kano (BUK) to collaborate on the development of vaccines for animals.
Sadiq Kura Muhammad, the Managing Director of Kano Zoo, announced this partnership on Thursday during a press briefing in the state.
According to him, the primary objective of this collaboration is to establish a dedicated research center for the production of vaccines and medicines specifically tailored for animals.
Muhammad also emphasized that this initiative aims to reduce animal mortality rates.
Muhammad added that the Kenyan embassy has agreed to provide Kano Zoo with various types of trees, including amarula and jackfruit.
He highlighted the historical significance of these old trees.
“Alot of People might wonder why we’re acquiring trees this way when we could simply buy them from a gardener. However, these trees are aged and carry historical significance,” he said.
“By bringing these old trees, Kano Zoo will transform into a research hub where people can engage in research, learning, and entertainment,” he added.
Muhammad speaking further revealed that the agency has also partnered with local security agencies to address and prevent immoral activities within the zoo premises.
The Managing Director called on residents to uphold the law and maintain cleanliness, as irresponsible behavior, such as littering, can inadvertently harm the animals residing in the zoo.
“People’s behavior can result in the death of animals we strive to safeguard. Occasionally, individuals indiscriminately discard sachets, and when the wind carries them, animals may ingest them, potentially leading to fatal consequences,” he said.
Muhammad revealed that despite alot of challenges, he believes he is up to the task to handle these challenges as he has achieved alot since resuming office.
He commended Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf for his unwavering support to the agency.