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Study kits to create awareness on biodiversity

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They are for educators and institutions that would like to campaign for the cause

Save animals: The booklets from the study kits published during the Wildlife Week by Zoo Outreach Organisation. – PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN
Save animals: The booklets from the study kits published during the Wildlife Week by Zoo Outreach Organisation. – PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN

India is the global host of the International Year of Forests, declared by the United Nations, and there is lot that we could do to protect our forests and animals. This is what the volunteers of Zoo Outreach Organisation point out though the study kits released during the Wildlife Week.

The study kits are dedicated to the UN Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020).

One of the kits on frogs draws attention to the statistics on the alarming decline in the population of amphibians. Of the 380 species, around 165 species are in various stages of extinction. According to the study materials prepared by ZOO Education Network (ZEN), ultraviolet radiation, pollution, pesticides, climate change and diseases are some of the factors that affect the amphibian population.

The year 2011-12 being the year of bats, the study kit on bats focuses on the need for conservation, research and education about these mammals.

Bats play a very useful role in the ecosystem by controlling insects, pollinating vast areas, sustaining rainforests and increasing food supply, the booklet says.

According to the study, the evil practise of ‘bear dancing' is the biggest threat to the sloth bear population in India and Nepal. The booklet also gives information on bear poaching and human-bear conflicts.

“The booklets are meant for educators and institutions that would like to campaign for the cause. They are required to conduct awareness campaigns and submit reports to the ZOO, said B.A. Daniel, Entomologist and Educational Coordinator, ZEN. Those who are interested could get the free study kits delivered to their address by paying only for the postal charges.

For more details check out the website www.zooreach.org or dial 0422 256 3269.

For more details check out the website www.zooreach.org or dial 0422- 2563269

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