REPORT OF THE NATURE CAMP AT MUDUMALAI WILD LIFE SANCTUARY
With a view to creating awareness on the Conservation of Wild animals among theschool students, WWF-Chennai Chapter, the Council for Science & Technology (Departmentof Science, Technology and Environment , Puducherry in collaboration with TheEnvironment Education Cell of State Training Centre in the Directorate of SchoolEducation, Puducherry organized a Nature Camp for Secondary school students of Puducherry Region at Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary, Tamilnadu on 4-6
August 2010.As a part of the selection process of the students, Environment Education Cellconducted an Essay Competition on “the Importance of Conservation of Forest and Wild Lifeon the Earth” for IX and XI students. 25 students out of which 9 boys and 16 girls wereselected for the Camp. With them, 2 lecturers and 2 volunteers from the Department of Science and Technology, Puducherry were nominated to accompany the students as serviceproviders to them. Dr.V.Krishnan, Observer of the Nature camp and Mr.V.Ramalingam, theCoordinator of the Env.Edn.Cell were guiding the camp with great commitment.On the evening of 3
August 2010, the team of the Nature Camp started its journeywith the encouraging instruction and blessings from the Director of Science and Technology,Puducherry who came in person to see the students off for the Forest Expedition toMudumali Wild-Life Sanctuary.
Blessings from the Director (DSTE) Dr.Mohanraj –Project Elephant Co-Ordinator
On the morning of 4
August 2010, Mrs. Rachel Pearlin State Director of WWF,Chennai and Ms. Tamilselvi Jayachandiran, Education Officer of WWF, Chennai who hadorganized the programme for the welfare of the school students of Puducherry Regionreceived the Team of the Nature Camp at Coimbatore and then took us in two vans to theField Office of the Forest Division of Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary in Ooty. The FieldOfficer gave a lecture about the landscape, climatic condition and Flora and Fauna of Mudumalai. And also he discussed at length the importance of Wild animals in an interactivemode with the students. Ms.Tamilselvi, the Education Officer of WWF was requestingofficials to pass on the needy information to the students who would stay there for three days.Following are the excerpts from their talk.