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Wildlife conservation training camp held near Digboi

The Assam Tribune, Guwahati, 2nd April, 2013

DIGBOI, April 1 -- A three-day wildlife conservation training camp was organized in the Saraipung Forest Range Office premises near here from March 25 to 28 by Aranyak, a Guwahati-based conservation organization, in collaboration with Digboi Division of Forest. The objective of the camp was to enthuse the younger generation to take up the mantra of wildlife conservation and develop them into committed conservationists and naturalists.

The workshop was attended by a total of 30 participants coming from 15 different localities of upper Assam. Altogether 12 experts working with Aranyak, Digboi College and State Forest Department conducted the workshop as resource persons. The inaugural session of the workshop was held in the afternoon of March 25 and addressed by Dr Abdul Wakid, HN Sarma, honorary wildlife warden, Dr Firoz Ahmed, Sushil Thakuria, ACF of Digboi Forest Division and others.

On March 26, the participants were trained in bird watching and nature trails by Mridu Paban Phukan, Gangetic dolphin conservation by Dr Abdul Wakid, tiger conservation and amphibian observation by Dr Firoz Ahmed and snake conservation by Rajib Rudra Tariang. Some popular talks on nature were also delivered to the participants by Sangeeta Saikia and Dipesh Mandal of Digboi College.

On March 27, participants were trained in animal rescue and rehabilitation by Dr Anjan Talukdar, elephant conservation by Dr Bibhuti Lahkar, basics of wildlife genetics by Pranjal Das and the wealth of Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary by Sushil Thakuria, ACF, Digboi Forest Division. Power point presentations were also made by Rajib Rudra Tariang on butterfly conservation along with the common biodiversity issues of upper Assam with special reference to man-wildlife conflicts. Mridu Paban Phukan interacted with the participants about vulture conservation while Sanjay Das spoke on the birds of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. Deborshee Gogoi presented a slide-show on the birds of Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary. The camp was concluded on the morning of March 28 with an evaluation of the whole training exercise and words of appreciation from the participants for giving them an opportunity to learn a lot about nature and wildlife, particularly of this region.

Aaranyak plans to hold more such conservation training camps in the coming years in the eastern Assam region to inculcate interest about nature and wildlife studies amongst the younger generation and students in particular. The NGO appreciated the assistance and logistics provided by Digboi Forest Division towards successful completion of the event.