Staff Correspondent

Mysore Zoo Youth Club will organise field work as well as classes for them

Several experts will deliver lectures
Students will be taken to a sanctuary and a lake

MYSORE: Sixty students in the age group of 12 to 18, drawn from various educational institutions in the city, will be visiting Mysore zoo from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Sundays for 28 weeks to study various aspects of Zoo Management, Wildlife and Environment.

The study of zoo management, wildlife and environment is part of Mysore zoo’s Youth Club activities, which began on Sunday. The selected students will have field work as well as classes from renowned biologists, resource persons and scientists.

While Karthikeyan, chief naturalist of Jungle Lodges and Resorts, will talk to them about urban wildlife, Snake Shyam, who has caught thousands of snakes, will speak to them on snakes during the Youth Club activities. Similarly, Gowri Shankar from Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, will talk on reptiles, while Ms. Veena and Mr. Madhu Sudan from Nature Conservation Foundation will speak on spiders and wildlife respectively.

Resource persons from Bangalore such as Sunil Kumar and Srinivas will talk to the students about ants and clouds respectively.

K.B. Sadanand will discuss plants with students during the Youth Club activities. “All these classes will be interspersed with practical exposure to animals at the zoo with the assistance of zoo staff”, Executive Director of Mysore zoo G.V. Ranga Rao said.

“The students will collect pug marks and study them. They will feed elephants. They will study animal behaviour, visit the zoo kitchen and have hands on experience at vermi compost and gardening. They will have to access to the zoo library and prepare project works. They will have to assist in keeping the zoo cages and enclosure clean,” Mr. Ranga Rao said.

Apart from this, the students will be taken to Karanji Lake Nature Park, Regional Museum of Natural History, Chamundi Hills, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and to a national park or a sanctuary as part of the Youth Club activities. \

The Youth Club activities of Mysore Zoo, which are going on for 13 years, will help the students learn nature and how to treat it.

The 14th Youth Club was inaugurated on Sunday by a noted physician from Virajpet Dr. Narasimhan. Retired Chief Conservator of Forests Yellappa Reddy was the chief guest on the occasion.