WSOS & Karnataka Forest Dept Join Hands To Instill Wildlife Awareness In School Kids

April 18, 2018 | By dw
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Starting from the first week of November, till the last week of March, the Bannerghatta Bear Rescue Center (BBRC) opens its doors to visiting schools from 4-5 districts around Karnataka. This season we had approximately 98 children visit the center, all in 8th or 9th standard. This program is run in partnership with the Karnataka Forest Department in an effort to create and instill an awareness of wildlife from a young age.

Every month there are about 1-3 trips that are organized, during which the children are briefed by our team members about wildlife awareness and the various animals that are native to the region.  They are then taken on a tour of the center during which they get to see the bears that are presently being housed. During this time the different enrichments that are provided to the animals are explained as well as the care process. After hearing about Wildlife SOS’s history and the students are given the opportunity to have discussions and ask questions with the BBRC staff.

So far there have been positive reactions to this program, and the students have been nothing less than enthusiastic when it comes to learning more about the bears. Students are the liveliest during the interactive Q & A session, which gives them a chance to ask about any topic that interests them. Currently, the center and the Forest Department are working on providing educational materials as well as lengthening the time that the students spend at the center. Improving these aspects of the program will insure that the time spent at BBRC is one that is enriching and encouraging.

Wildlife SOS is happy to facilitate programs that bring awareness and knowledge to school-aged children. It is important to encourage children from a young age to have respect for the environment and its inhabitants. By doing so we are increasing awareness and possibly inspiring future generations to take action!

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