To invest Climate Change money to further worsen ecological imbalance is hardly justifiable. Enayetur Rahim, personal assistant to the minister added to the reporter: "A pair of hippos will cost around Taka 40 lakhs."
Of course, forty lakhs per pair is peanuts for a country like ours!
Needless to say, it will be extremely difficult to maintain the habitat of hippos in an alien environment - the CHT is different from Kenya, unless the minister saw otherwise. We would need experts, caretakers and maybe even those species of plants that hippos are partial to? After all, we would not want under-fed and unhappy hippos staring into the lenses of the visitors’ Minoltas, Nikons and cell-phone cameras! How about a hippo hospital as well? This would surely irk the human denizens of the lake area whose ancestral homes, by the way, were devoured by the same lake in 1960, who crowd the understaffed and under-equipped Rangamati Sadar hospital.
[i] Bio, Mohammad Hasan Mahmud, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, http://www.iom.int/jahia/
[ii] Convention on Biological Diversity, Country Profile: Bangladesh, http://www.cbd.int/countries/?