State-level celebrations of World Wildlife Day to be held in Sasan Gir
The Times of India
The state-level celebrations of the World Wildlife Day will take place in Sasan Gir on March 3, 2018. The function will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Forest Dr Harsh Vardhan in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
The World Wildlife Day is celebrated to protect and raise awareness on all the flora and fauna specially the ones on the verge of extinction. The theme for this year is 'Big Cats; Predators under Threat' in order to raise awareness about the various species of cats such as leopards, lions, cheetah among others which are facing the threat of extinction.
In comparison to the 4% area of the total geographical area declared as Wildlife Protected Area in the whole country, the state of Gujarat has almost the double i.e 8.8% of land reserved under the Wildlife Protected area. The state has 4 national parks, 23 wildlife sanctuaries and a conservation reserve which make a total of 17,330 sq. km of land under the Wildlife Protected Area.
The state has 513 species of birds, 114 species of reptiles and amphibians, 111 species of mammals and more than 7000 types of pests.
Minister of Forest Ganpatsinh Vasava, Minister of State for Forest Ramanbhai Patkar and various officials of the forest department, NGOs, wildlife enthusiasts will be present on the occasion.