51 govt school students undergo training in zoo

Chennai: Fifty one students, 10 from each Government High School of Kanchipuram District namely Rathinamangalam, Karanaiputhucheri, Kolapakkam, Kandigaiand Otteri participated along with the incharge teachers in the first summer camp 2019 “Zoo Ambassador Programme” at Arignar Anna Zoological Park recently.

A press release said, last year more than 400 zoo ambassadors were trained through this programme.

“Zoo School has decided to provide this opportunity to government school students at free of cost during this financial year,” the release said.

It further said students were trained in two batches about mammals, reptiles, fishes, birds, butterflies and small insects by the zoo biologists and veterinary doctors.

“The trained students were given titles as Zoo Ambassadors with badges and certificates. They were also given Zoo Passport which permits them to visit zoo with a free entry for 10 times in a year. The students were provided with animal book and other study materials,” the release added.

At the valedictory function, assistant director Sekar and range officers, veterinary doctors and biologists participated.

Meanwhile, a three-year-old female leopard trapped and injured in Gudalur was brought to the zoo for rehabilitation. The arrival of the animal has increased the number of leopards in the zoo to six. The park is having four male leopard and one female leopard in its collection.

Arignar Anna Zoological Park is maintaining 171 species numbering 2,484 animals inclusive of mammals, birds and reptiles. Among mammals, the zoo is having carnivores, herbivores and omnivores of which many of them are breeding in the park.