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A walk into the heart of nature

Spotted deer, black buck, Indian foxes and a good number of birds can be sighted during the trails. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Wildlife authorities have created four nature trails inside the Guindy National Park. School and college students can access it free of cost.

Talking to The Hindu, K.S.S.V.P. Reddy, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Zoo Director, said the trails have been named, Black buck, Spotted deer, Pangolin and Indian jackal. The trail starts from the main arterial road of the GNP.

In order to help those taking the trails, the authorities have provided guided paths with painted coated bricks. The painted brick paths were mainly created to guide the walkers on the trail path. Otherwise, they would stray into other parts of the GNP, he said.

The objective of the nature trail is to educate children on the conservation of flora and fauna of the GNP. The students will be accompanied by a biologist and a watcher.

The biologist will explain the flora and fauna and the need for conserving them to students.

0.7-1.7 km long

The length of the trails varies between 0.7 km and 1.7 km. Those willing to cover the four nature trails will be allowed to do so. Children will be allowed to cover a small distance if they choose to as well. The authorities plan to organise one walk each in the morning and the evening every day.

There is no restriction on the number of students taking the trails. If a large number of students wish to go on the trail, they would be divided into groups and sent inside, Mr. Reddy said.

The trails were inaugurated on Tuesday. There is no fee for walking the trails.

Students should register themselves at the ticket counter. Spotted deer, black buck, Indian foxes and a good number of birds can be sighted during their visit to the GNP, he said.

Those wish to have more details can contact, 044-22301328.


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