In Keshabpur upazila of Jessore, there is an acute food crisis for the rare species of black-faced Hanuman. On Wednesday (April 21) morning, two black-faced Hanuman came to the Niribili Para area near Chaugachha Bazar, about 60 km from Keshabpur, in search of food. Curious crowds flock to this mahalla to see Hanuman II. At that time, the two Hanuman looked a little weak and sad, the locals said.
It has been found that 400 to 500 Hanumans are living in Keshabpur and surrounding areas of Baliadanga, Brahmakathi, Ramchandrapur, Durgapur, Sabdia, Majidpur. However, they are more common in Keshabpur Animal Hospital and food warehouse areas. More or less tourists come all year round to see Sagardari, which is associated with the memory of the great poet Michael Madhusudan. These Hanuman’s livelihood depended on the food given to the tourists. But due to the recent outbreak of the second phase of coronavirus, tourist arrivals in the Hanuman inhabited area have stopped. As a result, there has been an extreme food crisis.
This morning, the two Hanumans, who had gone to Niribili Para in Chougachha in search of food, were seen wandering around.
Rubel Dewan, a resident of Niribili Para, said Hanuman was at two mobile towers in the morning. It was seen roaming in the area around 8 in the morning. At this time the people of the area let him eat bananas. He said Hanuman was seen depressed.
Motahar Hossain, a senior journalist from Keshabpur, said, “There was no shortage of food for Hanuman as there were once fruit and forest trees in the area. But later, when these trees were cut down, there was a shortage of food.
He added that a local movement was formed in 2005 to demand animal conservation and official food supply. In view of this, bananas, nuts and bread were officially provided as food for the Hanumans. Due to the favorable environment, the number of Hanuman increases as a result of reproduction. But the food supply did not increase compared to that. That is why he is isolated and going to different areas in search of food.
Upazila Livestock Officer Prabhas Chandra Goswami said the black-faced Hanuman is a very rare species. Which is found in Keshabpur area. He said that the Hanumans entered the locality mainly due to the food crisis. As a result, the animals are at risk of life. It has been found that animals are at risk of death due to electric wires, road accidents and human cruelty.
He said, it is not necessary to give food given by people. Sanctuary needs to be created. The Keshabpur region used to be densely forested. Not so now. Remember these are wild animals. Animals cannot be protected from endangered species unless forests are created or that environment is created.