Sixty students — 38 boys and 22 girls — representing 29 institutions took part in the activities of the Youth Club conducted by Mysore zoo during 2010, a release by the zoo has said.

The valedictory of the club was held here on Sunday, with wildlife filmmakers Krupakar and Senani, as well as Chief Conservator of Forests B.J. Hosamath as chief guests.

The zoo has been organising Youth Club activities for the last 18 years.

Students aged between 12 and 18 are exposed to issues such as zoo management, wildlife protection and environmental conservation as part of the club activities, the release said.

Events were conducted on Sundays, over about 26 weeks in the year.

During the year, the club members took part in cleaning cages, feeding animals, animal behaviour studies, animal census and bird surveys, while also interacting with visitors, taking up visitors' surveys, and creating awareness.

They went of field trips to Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Chamundi Hills, Karanji Lake Nature Park, Regional Museum of Natural History and Nagarahole National Park.

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