Tiger Fest was a platform for children to air their views on saving India’s Big Five.
BANGALORE: It was a day of learning and fun for nearly 800 students who had assembled at the Bal Bhavan in Cubbon Park to participate in the inter-school “Tiger Fest”, held as part of “Kids for Tigers”, the Sanctuary Complan Tiger Programme, here on Saturday.
While some students were busy preparing for a skit on conservation of forests and animals, others were busy in painting the faces of their friends. The enthusiastic students were eager to explain about the models they had made on topics such as waste water management and conservation of forests. Four stalls displayed models and art on recycled paper.
The coordinator of the programme, Usha Ramiah, said it was an attempt to create a platform for children to air their views on saving India’s Big Five ? the tiger, lion, leopard, elephant and rhinoceros. The various activities planned in the festival were intended to tap the creative potential, knowledge and enthusiasm of the children, she said.
Participating in the event, K.S.N. Chikkerur, Inspector General of Police, CID Forest Cell, said it was the responsibility of everyone to protect the forest and wild animals.. “The onus is on us to see that tigers are safe. The wild animals have few friends and a lot of enemies,” he said.
D.V. Girish, a wildlife activist from Chikmagalur, said children would know more about animals by actively participating in the wildlife programmes. “We should love animals. If we love them, we can think of protecting them,” he said. The role of the Government, environmentalists and the public was vital in achieving wildlife protection, he added. A group of students sang a Kannada song, expressing their concern for the decreasing forest area. “Oh tree, you save our life, but who will save you?”
Earlier, students of various schools undertook a “Walk for Wildlife” from Bal Bhavan. They passed by the GPO, Gopalgowda Circle and Kasturba Road before returning to Bal Bhavan. The walk was flagged off by Vanshree Vipin Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bannerghatta National Park.
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