Nijhum Deep – A Gem in Bangladesh’s Crown
Every tourist is on the lookout for that one hidden treasure that they are able to capture on film to show off to friends and family at home. And to the south of Bangladesh is just such a treasure, Nijhum Deep. Conservationists and the tourism department of Bangladesh have been working tirelessly to promote this magnificent natural destination and to protect the breathtaking landscape and wildlife on Nijhum Deep. In recent years, more and more tourists have come to explore this tropical paradise and have walked away with cherished memories.
Nijhum Deep is a very precious island, as it was concealed by water for many years. The island slowly started to surface, and since 1972 the forestry department has been involved in the planting of trees and brush such as Bain, Keowra and Geowra. The forest, which is irrigated by the bay, has also attracted a great number of bird species. By 1978, wildlife was introduced to the island, and the eight spotted deer that were originally released on the island have grown to a healthy population of approximately six thousand individuals.
The spotted deer share Nijhum Deep with various other animals such as snakes, buffalo and monkeys, and it is estimated that almost thirty-five bird species are permanent residents of the island. Migratory birds also find the island the perfect resting destination as it is almost untouched and not threatened by human interaction. The beaches and sightings of crabs, sea snails and oysters create great excitement amongst tourists, as they are able to appreciate nature against the backdrop of the lush, green landscapes.
The authorities have made the island more attractive to tourists by erecting visitor facilities along the beaches. Viewing a sunset or sunrise from the shores of this tranquil and inspiring natural paradise is unforgettable. Bangladesh has realized how significant and important their wildlife and nature can be for the economy and tourism industry and is looking at creating more protected areas within the country. Nijhum Deep is the perfect example of how conservation and forestry can, not only assist and ensure the survival of animals, but enhance an industry and a country.