In connection with the Wildlife Week Celebrations 201, the Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu, today organized a visit of students from various schools to Manda Zoo.
The objective of the visit was to educate the students about the Conservation of Wildlife and inculcate in them a sense of responsibility towards conservation of our depleting species.
The visit was followed by a film show on the Wildlife Conservation. The students had a round of all animal enclosures and watched wild animals and learnt about their behaviour, conservation status, feeding habits, their up keep, maintenance and health care.
On the occasion, the Wildlife officials interacted with the students and answered their queries regarding wildlife management.
A.K. Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife)/ ,Regional Wildlife Warden, Jammu, was the chief guest. While interacting with the students and the local people, he laid stress upon involvement of local communities, students and young generation for maintaining ecological balance.
Lalit Kumar Sharma, Wildlife Warden, Jammu, spoke about the importance of exposing students to the native flora and fauna and importance of conservation of wildlife habitat.
He also gave an introduction about different programmes being organized during the Wildlife Week Celebration in Jammu.
Dr. Rajinder Singh Katoch, Departmental Veterinary Assistant Surgeon, while speaking on this occasion stressed upon the need of striking balance between conservation and development and informed the students about the different species of wildlife and their conservation management.
He explained in detail the role of young generation in safeguarding our environment by adopting eco-friendly life style.
Rishi Paul, Range Officer, Wildlife Range, Jammu, also highlighted the importance of conservation of bio-diversity and stressed upon the need to educate students and young generation about the nature heritage.
The documentary on "Wildlife" was also shown to the students at Nature Interpretation Centre, Manda.