This Wildlife Week, Gir zone's humans in focus too
Times of India
An extensive education programme has been launched in Gir and surrounding areas as part of World Wildlife Week commemorations, which begin from Sunday.
Gujarat Science City has also organized a series of programmes from October 1 to 7. The programmes include screening of wildlife films, slide shows, games, quizzes and interactive sessions with experts. A special seminar has been organized on Sunday in which about 150 engineering students will interact with top forest and wildlife officials.
As for events around Gir, Anushman Sharma, the in-charge deputy conservator of forests (headquarters) said: "This year, the theme of the commemoration in Gir will revolve round the life of the local people and even the habitat."
The department has made over 3,000 lion masks which will be distributed among schools students. Sharma said these are thick paper mask and not the ones which are available in the common market.
Sharma said that four big rallies would be staged in the region on Sunday: in Sasan, Talala, Maliya Hatina and Somnath. He said that apart from rallies, the department had also organized an essay competition and an elocution competition. The essay competition will be on the benefits of Gir forest to the local people, while the elocution competition will be on the use of plastic and its impact on wildlife.
Sharma said that in the past, the quiz competition was only on the wildlife of the state, but this time the department had focused on the local people as well.
Principal chief conservator of forests Pardeep Khanna said the 3,000-odd eco-clubs situated around the wildlife in the state would be roped in for the commemoration.