Bhuabneswar, Oct.08 ( Odisha.in)The Nandankanan Zoological park observed the “Elephant Day” and the Wildlife Week on 7th October 2007 in a grand manner.
More than 5,000 visitors and school children participated in the event. The following activities were the part of the celebration- that the zoo organized in collaboration with the Chandaka Wildlife Division, Nature and Wildlife Conservation Society, Orissa, WWF Orissa and CEE – Eastern Regional Cell, Orissa
We targeted school children for this special awareness campaign and the entry to the Nandankanan Zoological Park was made free for these budding conservationists. Virtually this week would be a free ride for them to the Park. More than 2000 school children availed this opportunity.
“All of us are concerned about the more and more human elephant conflicts due to habitat degradation resulting form various anthropogenic activities and various other factors” zoo director Ajit Patnaik said.
“The need of the day was to make everybody aware about the status of elephant in our state, their conservation need, their role in the ecosystem and what each one of us can do to save this majestic animal?.
A special education material in Oriya and English is developed depicting these issues were also distributed to more than 5,000 visitors thronged to the zoo. The school children also named a rescued elephant calf as ‘Amar’.