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Educational Programme for the year 2015-2016

Zoos under West Bengal Zoo Authority are regularly conducting different awareness programme to educate the visitors, students, research scholars etc., about value of wildlife, and need of conservation. Study tours for explaining various information regarding wild animals and their habit and habitat.

 

A. The Zoological Garden, Alipore

The Zoo has organised following three educational programmes with the School Students of different schools of Alipore and its vicinity up to July, 2016 of the financial year, 2016-17:-

 

WORLD GIRAFFE DAY

180 students from Modern Arya Parishad  Vidyalaya  and Janakalyan Prathamik Vidyalaya, Khidderpore  participated at the procession inside the zoo campus . Out of 180 students, 40 nos.  participated at the Sit and Draw competition on 21st June, 2016 at Zoological Garden, Alipore. The programme was inaugurated by Shri V. K. Yadav, IFS, Addl. PCCF & Member Secretary, WBZA followed by the speech of Shri Ashishh Samanta, IFS, Director, Zoological Garden, Alipore.

 

Fig. 1 : Procession at the Zoo Campus   at ZGA   Fig. 2 : Sit & draw competition at ZGA     

 

 

ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

61 students of New Alipore Multipurpose Boys School, New Alipore participated at the Sit and Draw competition after visit of the zoo on 29th June, 2016. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Piyali Chatterjee, Deputy Director, Zoological Garden, Alipore followed by the speech of Sri Susanta Bhattacharya, Assistant Director on the importance of environment and wildlife conservation.

 

Fig. 3: Sit & Draw Competition  at ZGA   Fig. 4: Quizz  Competition at ZGA    

 

WORLD SNAKE DAY AND BANMAHOTSAB

From Ballygunge Govt. High School, Ballygunge only 61 students attended the function on 16TH JULY, 2016. The function was inaugurated by Sri V. K. Yadav, IFS, Addl. PCCF & Member Secretary, WBZA followed by the speech of Shri Ashishh Samanta, IFS, Director, Zoological Garden, Alipore. Tree plantation programme was also organised at the open tiger enclosure in connection with BANMAHOTSAB.

Two presentations, one on ‘Snakes around Kolkata and need for their Conservation’ was delivered by Mr. Anirban Chaudhuri, Wildlife Consultant (Herpetology) and another presentation on the ‘Identification of poisonous and non-poisonous Snake’ by Dr. J. K .De, Scientific Officer, WBZA.

 

B.  Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling

The zoo is conducting a series of programme to full fill the objective of the zoo. Conservation Education is one of the most important objectives of the Zoological Park. It is achieved by the following means:-  

 

ZOO VOLUNTEER

The Zoo has engaged a number of Volunteer as per CZA guide lines from time to time. Till date 12 numbers of volunteers were engaged on different projects.

 

TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAMME

Park conducts training programme and classes for the teachers from different Primary Schools, Higher Secondary Schools, Colleges and University. Every year more than three hundred teachers participate in the Educational Programme of the Park. 

           Fig. 5: Educational Programme at Park with Teachers at PNHZ

 

3. The Education and outreach programme

Students of all levels including trainees participated In this programme. The students are taken for a tour around the park. Lectures along with presentations are delivered by the Education Officer, Zoo Biologist and the Research Scholar of the park.

Efforts are made for better interpretation to the visiting public of the Himalayan ecology and need of its conservation. Efforts are made to create one organization to be named as “Friends of the Zoological Park”, involving Govt. Deptts., NGO’s, Colleges, Schools and other interested people.

Special programmes like World Environment Day, Van ,Mahostav, Park Foundation Day, Children’s Day etc., are celebrated where the students from different schools are invited, theme based programme are organized for the students.   List of proposed programmes are given below:-

 

Sl. No.

Date

Programme

Activities

 

1

January 14-30

Animal Welfare Fortnight

Visitor-Staff Interaction, Animal welfare Pamphlet distribution, postcard distribution, presentation

2

March 3

World Wildlife Day

Essay Competition for Students

4

April 7

World Health Day

Poster Presentation about Animal Health Care in Park

5

May 22

International Biodiversity Day

Oral Presentation on Biodiversity in Zoo Auditorium

6

June 1st Week

International Volunteer’s  Week

Felicitation to Zoo Volunteers

 

7

June 5

World Environment Day

Tree Plantation, Mono act competition

8

July 1

Van Mahotsav

Visit Different Rural Schools, Organize film, talk on Human Wildlife Conflicts

9 July 29 World Tiger Day  

9

August 14

PNHZ Park Foundation Day

Painting Competition, Coloring competition for Primary School Students

10

September 27

World Tourism Day

Training Programme for Guides, Driver and Hotel Owners

11

October 1st Week

Wildlife Week

Visit to Singalila National Park,

Outreach Programme near the National Park- Classes to the Park Guides, Frontline staff of the Park, Local Communities, NGOs

12

October 4th Week

Tea and Tourism Festival

Darjeeling Zoo-Glory of Darjeeling

Role in Conservation    

13

November 14

Children’s Day

Painting Competition, Film Show

14

December 1st Week

Zoo Week

Display of the achievements by the park, lectures involving the VIPs.

       

 

 Interaction session is also conducted. The sessions include discussions on Role of modern Zoo, Conservation Breeding Programmes, how a zoo functions, what are rare and endangered species, environmental issues. What are the efforts taken up by the Park towards saving these species etc. 

The session also includes question and answer round where the queries  of the students are attended to:

i) Short films on wildlife are shown to the students.

ii) At the end books related to animals, conservation breeding programmes, biodiversity of the Park and notebook are distributed to the students

     Fig.6: Educational Tour at PNHZ

 Fig. 7:  Educational Programme at PNHZ 

 

4.Nature trails:

 

800 meter long approach road to the conservation breeding center starting from Himalayan Black Bear enclosure has been developed as nature trail. Only VVIP are allowed to use the nature trails that too with the assistance of the Zoo Officials. A definite visitor’s route has been identified and accordingly directional signages have been placed for the convenience of the visitors. The visitors are supposed to take the approach road to HMI passing along the herbivorous enclosures. After their visit to HMI Museum the visitors are directed to Bengal Natural History Museum, Tiger enclosure, Snow Leopard enclosure, Leopard enclosure, Clouded Leopard enclosure, Himalayan Wolf enclosure, Himalayan Black Bear enclosure then to the road approaching the administrative building passing through the Red Panda enclosures, Lesser Cats, Pheasantry, reptile house and again Pheasantry and from there to turn back and leave the Zoo using the main gate again. The entry point and its management has always been a bone of contention between HMI and Zoo. After construction of boundary wall, separating the two campuses, joint ticketing is done at main gate, with two tickets issued for visit to Zoo and HMI. The vehicular traffic has also been controlled with only vehicles of HMI principal and its staff, and VVIP being allowed inside and travel up to HMI, without honking. Concerned communications exist in the files.

 

5.Development of publications

 

a. Zoo Literature:

Zoo literature in the form of small booklets on the Zoological Park, Red Panda Project, Snow Leopard Project, Zoo Maps; as well as books which can be purchased on cost  etc. are existing, but they need frequent  up-dating. Efforts will be made for having fresh booklet on the Zoological Park, Snow Leopard Project, Red Panda Project and leaflets on other animals. Post cards size photograph of all the zoo animals, calendars and souvenirs etc., are created for sale to the Zoo visitors. 

 

b. Development of audio visual materials:

 

The Auditorium on the top floor of the administrative building as well as BNHM building has been fully equipped by providing TV, VCR, Over Head Projector, Slide Projector, LCD projector, Black Board, Screen etc. along with required furniture and sitting arrangements. There is a good collection of films and slides for organizing shows for the organized group of visitors in the Zoological Park. Zoo films are also available. More films are added to the present collection.

 

c. Public relation:

 

Public relation linked and strengthened through various activities keepg in

 in mind the objective of the zoo.  Programmes involving the people living around the zoo area like cleanliness drive, plantation, outreach programmes etc. Stake holders like village peoples, drivers, tourist guides, and travel agencies are time to time involved in lectures and mini workshops concerning zoo and environmental issues.

 

People in higher authorities are invited in various workshops and conference regarding conservation breeding, in situ ex situ linkages etc. involving the VIPs and media person in reintroduction of animals, inauguration of important centers of the park, book release and plantation.

 

d. Signages and wayside exhibits:   

 

Three different types of Signages are in use and are further strengthened for the Zoological Park. The advertising Signages are to be installed for advertisement at airport, railway stations, busy junctions on the way to Darjeeling like, Darjeeling More, Chowkbazar, Chowrastha for attracting more visitors to the Zoological Park.

 

          The directional signage has also been installed at different place in the Zoological Park and more will be added on all the roads to the Zoological Park for guiding the tourists to and inside the Zoological Park.  The Interpretative Sign ages are in use in front of animal enclosures giving different scientific information and details about the animals in the Zoological Park . Flex/ signages are placed in important tourist places like Bagdogra Airport, NJP Railway station, Chowrasta,  Kurseong Tourist lodge etc. Zoo pamphlets to be given to important shops of the town for distribution to the tourists.

 

e. Zoo beyond boundary

 

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park offers Education modules for school curriculum-  an opportunity for the enthusiastic and interested students in wildlife (Flora and fauna) for an internship. No remuneration is offered during the interns study duration. The students are guided by the Scientific Section of the Park. The intern submits their project or research report after the completion of their work. The interns are acknowledged by the Director with a certificate.

The Educational Programme of the Park involves students of all levels including trainees and teachers. The students are taken for a tour around the park and then an interaction session is conducted. The sessions include discussions on Role of modern Zoo, Conservation Breeding Programmes, how a zoo functions, what are rare and endangered species, environmental issues. What are the efforts taken up by the Park towards saving these species etc.  The session also includes question and answer round where the queries of the students are attended to. At the end books related to animals, conservation breeding programmes, biodiversity of the Park and notebook are distributed to the students.