Forest Department on Saturday organised the United Nations World Wildlife Day celebrations at Coringa Forest Complex and Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary near Kakinada. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests), Andhra Pradesh, P. Mallikarjuna Rao was the chief guest for the function, which was attended by the schoolchildren, local villagers, wildlife enthusiasts, NGOs and researchers.
The mascot for the Coringa WLS — Macha — the Fishing Cat, was also launched by Mr. Rao.
With this, Coringa has joined the league of select protected areas in the country having its own mascot. Coringa is also the first protected area in the State to have a mascot. The Forest Department has developed attractive and innovative posters based on the mascot, educating public about the fishing cats, mangroves, threats etc.
Anant Shankar, DFO, Wildlife, said that it would go a long way in making Coringa sanctuary a hot tourist destination.
This can be a boon for the ecotourism activities being carried out in the park.