Hope you still remember the run away LION that was shot sometimes ago, well it being replaced by “Lalong” don’t get me wrong it’s not as if we are going to lock up Governor Lalong and expect him to roar but the new lion has been renamed after the man.

The Ministry of Tourism in Plateau, Mr. Peter Mwankon, on Saturday said it was planning an elaborate naming ceremony for its new “Lion King Lalong” brought in from the Sanda Kyarimi Zoo in Maiduguri.

Mr Peter Mwankon, told newsmen in Jos that the prime beast was named after Gov. Simon Lalong in appreciation of his commitment to the tourism sub-sector of the state’s economy. He said that the one-and-half-year-old cub replaced the older lion killed last year following its escape from cage during routine feeding in the Jos Wildlife Park.

Now that the lion has Lalong’s name so we now go to the zoo to see Lalong. Hmm that sounds very messed up.

The commissioner said it was unfortunate that some animal rights campaigners claimed that the act constituted cruelty to animals. He noted that the new replacement was through a trade by barter with the Sanda Kyarimi Zoological Park in Maiduguri, Borno, to add to the tourism potential of the Jos Wildlife Park.

He described the lion as a prime attraction to the park, expected to boost the state’s Internally Generated Revenue and developmental projects.

He gave an assurance that the management of the park had put modalities in place to forestall animals escaping from their cages within the park.

“The administration of Gov. Simon Lalong is poised to ensure the escape saga of last year does not occur again and more varieties of animals are acquired. “The state government is also working toward getting tranquilizers in quelling animals when an escape incident occurs rather than kill them.

“Such drugs require some bureaucratic process to get because of its function.” Besides, he said, more personnel were being trained on captivity skills, animals’ husbandry and other related skills to build their capacity in discharging their duties.

Anyways I’ll be going to the zoo later on to see Lalong. Ahh that came out wrong!  🙂


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