Back to basics has become the order of the day at the Forest Wildlife Management Division, Jannaram, where a refurbished Environment Education Centre (EEC) will introduce people to fundamental information on Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR).
EEC awaits formal opening
Though the facility situated on the Jannaram-Dandepally road awaits formal opening, it has already started attracting visitors.
Those who happen to visit Jannaram invariably invite themselves inside the EEC owing to the tremendous curiosity generated by the model of a family of the large Indian gaur or bison at the entrance. Once inside, the visitors simply marvel at the exhibits of wild animals and birds which are natives to the KTR.
“The EEC at Jannaram is different from such centres elsewhere. As everything on display in it is related to Kawal, visitors get to know about the rich bio-diversity of this relatively unknown haven,” says Divisional Forest Officer heading the KTR management, G. Rama Krishna Rao.
“As it is the indicator species of KTR, the gaur has been exhibited at the entrance. The most important factor associated with this largest of bovines in South Asia is that tigers will come and settle here owing to its population,” Mr. Rao explains.
Once inside the small building of the EEC, visitors get to see the images of the leopard, the sloth bear, the wild dogs and the deer which form a very important part of the food chain in the forest.
The posters on all aspects of the Kawal Tiger Reserve including the history of conservation, biodiversity of the place, tiger corridors, participation of community in conservation and efforts to improve habitat enlighten them.
The callers are not deprived of entertainment as the authorities have set up contraptions which give out sounds of wild animals and birds on the press of a button.
The model huts of tribal inhabitants of forest coming up within the premises tell a lot about the oneness of the aboriginal people with the nature.