Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Children from various schools in the city’s western suburbs showed their concern for animals at a programme conducted in Ambattur on Saturday.

‘Kids for Tigers,’ a programme organised by Sanctuary Asia magazine and Complan, was provided a platform to the children to express their views about saving animals such as tigers, lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos. About 400 children participated in the programme held at the Saint Community Hall in Ambattur.

Besides quiz on Indian wildlife and environment, the participants from 36 schools in the areas such as Ambattur, Pudur, Thirumullaivoyal and Avadi, enjoyed the fun activities. While one competition had students matching the names and photographs of the animals given to them in a minute’s time, another had them search the photographs of animals in between piles of charts. Face painting turned out to be an exciting event for the children who painted themselves like tiger and campaigned for tigers’ conservation and India’s biodiversity.

While some students voiced their concerns about deforestation, climate change and wildlife protection at an oratorical contest, others penned lyrics on nature and animals and participated in a music competition.

Nearly 45 teams bagged prizes in various competitions held in the programme. Ebenezer Marcus Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Ambattur, was adjudged the overall champion for winning maximum number of prizes.

Chennai co-ordinator of Kids for Tigers programme B. Thilak said the event also had stalls of various schools put up, which displayed drawings of children as part of ‘Art for Conservation’ campaign and information about wildlife.

“We have conducted similar fests and a rally in the city for the cause. There are plans to take children for a nature walk in Vedanthangal,” Mr.Thilak said.