21 June 2016
The Jos Wildlife Park in Plateau on Tuesday replaced the lion it killed last year.
Management ordered the killing of the escaping lion after efforts to recapture it became futile.
It had escaped from its cage during routine feeding.
Mr John Doy, General Manager, Plateau Tourism Corporation, said the replacement lion was got through barter with the Sanda Kyarimi Zoological Park in Maiduguri, Borno.
“We were able to replace the lion we lost last year through a trade-by-barter transaction with the Kyarimi Zoological Park in Maiduguri.
“We gave them a giant eland which is a unique specie of an antelope in exchange for a one-and-a-half-year-old cub.
“The park also procured two jackals, (male and female), as well as a male python from some vendors last week,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Plateau State Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Peter Mwankon, said that the park was acquiring a variety of animals to boost the state’s internally-generated revenue through tourism.
He said that the management of the park had put modalities in place to forestall animals from escaping from their cages.
Efforts were still being made to equip the park with a variety of animals for tourists’ attraction, he said.
“The state government is working toward getting tranquilizers for use on animals when an escape incident occurs.
“Such drugs require some bureaucratic process to get because of their function,’’ he said.
Mwankon said that more personnel would be trained on captivity skills, animal husbandry and other related skills to build their capacity.