Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park in Ormanjhi has infotainment up its sleeve during Wildlife Week that began on Tuesday
It’s once again time for a trip to the untamed planet where you can let your imagination run wild.
The state’s two trophy zoos — Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park in Ormanjhi, Ranchi, and Tata Steel Zoological Park in Jamshedpur — have lined up a string of infotainment events for Wildlife Week, which began on Tuesday.
While the capital’s animal hub has decided to offer free entry to school students (12 years or below) till October 8, the country’s only private zoo will allow children to name its prized leopard cubs.
Birsa zoo director A.K. Patra said all Ranchi schools had been requested to inform their students about the zoo tour. “The idea is to tell children how important conservation of wildlife is. The free entry pass is to motivate them to participate in our future endeavours,” he said.
Patra listed the host of extracurricular activities that will make the week-long programme exciting.
“On October 5, there will be a speech contest. For Classes VIII to X, the topic is global warming, while fourth to seventh graders will speak on man animal conflict,” said the zoo director.
Sunday will see an essay contest. Classes IX and X will write on the effects of climate change, while juniors (Classes VI to VIII) will focus on wildlife conservation. “Monday has been reserved for a drawing competition, with topics ranging from deer grazing (Classes IX-X) to food chain (Classes VI-VIII) and elephant in the river (Class V),” Patra said, adding that awards will be given away the same day.
At Tata zoo, the Wildlife Week was flagged off at the Nature Education Centre.
K.K. Chatterjee, regional chief conservator of forests (Singhbhum), was the chief guest on the occasion. Tata Steel Zoological Society’s honorary secretary P.R. Prasad and Dhalbhum DFO K.Z. Bhutia were the guest of honours.
Like every year, five zoo employees were felicitated on Tuesday for their contributions in upkeep.
Wednesday will start with an awareness rally involving schoolchildren and will be followed by an inter-school debate. Already 25 cradles have confirmed participation. Others can register on the spot.
“The message (of wildlife conservation) is understood best when there is involvement,” said Seema Rani, Tata zoo’s biologist and education officer. She added that Day 3 would be marked by an inter-school quiz on wildlife and nature followed by a slogan writing competition on October 4.
A fancy dress contest will be organised for toddlers on October 5 and the final day will be see a painting competition and the much-awaited leopard name game. “Children can write names they like on pieces of paper. A lucky draw will follow to pick the two cub names,” said Rani.
What other programmes would you like to see during Wildlife Week?