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Report of the Mudumalai wild life Camp

Report of the Mudumalai wild life Camp

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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.
Mr Soundrapandian, IFS , District Forest Officer, Nilgiri (North) gave a lecture aboutthe Nilgiri BiosphereMudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park is situated at the tri-junction of thethree southern states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. It was the first sanctuary inSouth India and established in the year 1940. It covers an area of 321 Sq. Km. comprising of pristine tropical wilderness. It is included as part of the Nilgiri Bio-sphere reserve which isthe first of its kind to be declared as a bio-sphere reserve in the country. A variety of habitatsranging from Tropical Evergreen forest, Moist mixed deciduous, Moist Teak forest, Dry teak forest, Secondary grass lands, Shrubs and Swamps exists here. The place is rich in its bio-diversity especially the avifauna (Birds). The river Moyar that flows along the border orTamil Nadu and Karnataka separates the two. The Indian Forest Department located inMudumalai National Park created many wildlife resorts and forest lodges situated inMudumalai forest itself. The bird diversity in these habitats is unbelievably rich and is awelcoming place for bird watchers from far and wide. This park harbours over 200 species of birds from 48 families and is one of the richest bird areas in the State of Tamilnadu. Some of the rarely seen Birds of prey like the rufous bellied hawk eagle can be occasionally seen inthis sanctuary. Nights are fascinating especially during the month of April, when the wholesanctuary is illuminated with millions of glow worms.From the Field Office of Ooty, the Team of Nature Club along with coordinatorsmoved to the Mudumalai Wild life Sanctuary and reached there around 4.00 P.M. Thecoordinator arranged a trip to inside the forest in a Forest van. It was really a boon for poorgovernment school children to see the forest in the real sense with real animals in theirnatural habitat. They saw peacocks, all varieties of deers, bisons, elephants and birds.Children had no opportunity to witness any wild animals like tigers, wolf and haena.However, they were happy seeing some of the animals on their own setting. Mr.Ramalingam,Ms.Tamilselvi and Dr.V.Krishnan were answering all the questions posed by the studentsuntiringly and they explained certain scientific terminologies so that students could able tounderstand the context better.
 After the trip, we were lodged at Peacock Dormitory located at Mudumalai Wild LifeSanctuary, Mudumalai with a lot of precautious instruction. A homely and healthy supperwas provided with motherly affection of both the coordinators. Mr.Ramalingam was passingsome hints to the students how to prepare reports using the hints they had been taken duringthe journey.On the second day i.e. 5
August 2010, after breakfast, the active coordinatorMs.Tamilselvi arranged a visit to a Forest Observatory located at the centre of the forest in aspecially designed van and our children interviewed persons who were on the Observatoryfor Night and Day watch about the animals and the Poachers. 

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