The Mysore zoo, in its bid to make children sensitive towards environment and its conservation, comes up with a slew of programmes throughout the year. One such programme that's popular among schoolchildren is the summer camp.

This relatively new concept had become a permanent fixture here in view of the response it received. Summer Camp 2012 was inaugurated here on Monday by actor Mandya Ramesh.

The camp would be held for students of different age groups. With 33 in the first batch, students could look forward to firsthand exposure to nature and wildlife under expert guidance.

Executive director of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens B.P. Ravi said, in a release, that emphasis would be on field practicals rather than theory. Participants would be exposed to various issues related to conservation. Some of the topics they would be dealing with included water for life, importance of snakes, deer and antelopes, primates, birds, bears, carnivores, etc.

Students would also be taken to Karanji Nature Park, Regional Museum of Natural History and the Zoo Library, Mr. Ravi said.

Participants of the camp were drawn from 40 educational institutions and were given a bag, T-shirt, ID card, briefing book and other resource material.

The release stated that conservation education was one of the objectives of the Mysore zoo, and every year more than 30,000 people were trained and exposed to the concept of wildlife protection and management.

Resource persons for the camp included environmentalist U.N. Ravi Kumar, botanist K.B. Sadanand and ‘Snake' Shyam. Each camp was a week long.

The second camp would commence on April 25, while the third would start on May 4, the release added.

  • Summer Camp 2012 was inaugurated by actor Mandya Ramesh

  • With 33 in the first batch, students get firsthand exposure to nature under expert guidance