The quiz in progress at Tata zoo on Thursday.
Picture by Bhola Prasad
The panda is the symbol for which organisation?
Which state in India does not follow the Wildlife Protection Act (1972)?
When was Tata zoo inaugurated?
A select 78 students from 17 schools of the city answered the call of the wild at a unique quiz organised by Tata Steel Zoological Park to mark the third day of the Wildlife Week on Thursday.
After a written preliminary round, only six schools — Rajendra Vidyalaya, Kerala Public Schools (Mango and Kadma), DBMS Kadma High School, Bal Bharati High School and RVS Academy — made it to the finals.
Comprising of nine rounds, including a visual one, the quiz was based on Tata zoo’s denizens, sanctuaries in India, wildlife laws, symbols and terminology, animal habitat and biology and important days and dates. Each team had two members — who were students of Classes XI and XII — and were given a do-or-die 30 seconds by quizmaster Simran Aggu for every question.
“The event was just a way to educate students about wildlife and issues concerning them. We want our children to grow up as conservationists and protectors of their environment. The quiz, which was held on zoo premises, was just a way to motivate them and show them the way,” said Sanjay Mahto, the curator of Tata Steel Zoological Park.
At the end of nine rounds, J. Tanay and Shubham Mitra from Rajendra Vidyalaya emerged winners. The teams from Kerala Public School (Mango) and DBMS Kadma High School followed as first and second runner-up. Prizes and certificates were distributed among them.
On Wednesday, Tata zoo had similarly organised an inter-school debate in which 13 cradles had taken part. The topic was whether the media should be involved in conservation of wildlife. In coming days of the week, the zoo authorities have lined up painting and fancy dress competitions.