A group of 60 students, who bagged top spots in the recently organised Leaf Zoo Competition in connection with World Environment Day, were taken to the Kalakkad – Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve on Saturday.
The Agasthyamalai Community Conservation Centre (ACCC), Manimutharu, Tamil Nadu Forest Department, Ambasamudram Division, District Science Centre, Tirunelveli, and National Green Crops , Tirunelveli, organised the competition.
School students were asked to collect leaves from different trees in their garden, village and school premises to create shapes of animals, birds and insects.
The competition was held at the District Science Centre; Tilak Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School, Kallidaikurichi; Theerthapathi Higher Secondary School, Ambasamudram; P.L.W.A. Higher Secondary School, Vickramasingapuram; and Sri Paramakalyani Higher Secondary School, Alwarkurichi.
Around 750 students from 30 schools in Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts participated in the competition and 60 were selected to visit the tiger reserve.
During the orientation programme, the students were trained in basic methods of identification of plants, birds and animals. Later, they were taken inside the forest where they received training in identifying various plants, birds, butterflies, pug marks of animals and scats.
The students also received training in tree climbing using a single rope.