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G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, Uttarakhand.

Education and awareness

The zoos are places visited by large number of public worldwide of varied age group. This provides ample opportunity to spread the message of nature conservation especially wildlife conservation and awareness among public. Education and awareness is one of the foremost mandates of the zoo. The most of the visitors come to zoo to see the animals as an attraction, not as much for an educational experience. However, zoo shall make this opportunity as educational and awareness by explaining and displaying the information on biology and behavior of the collection of living animal acts as exhibit for educating all sections of the society. The range and spectrum of vegetation occurring/ raised in the zoo shall also be discussed among the visitors with their importance and value which is of a great education value. There is a need for developing customized package for all categories of students and visiting public. The zoo runs the following programmes which can be improved gradually. The G. B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital is working on and has formulated innovative conservation education and awareness programmes. Zoo has become a conservation centre providing facilities for learning about nature and its complex processes. The Education section has developed special customized programmes for students and public for nature education and interpretations. The zoo has also developed one Interpretation Centre-cum-Museum for taking up various educational activities. The Interpretation center is mainly used for explaining and displaying the Himalayan ecological informations to the visitors. Efforts are also being made for proper display of different Himalayan Habitats and needs of conservation. A light and sound show with running commentary on wildlife conservation is planned for 10 minutes duration. The zoo under its educational and outreach programme is targeting its focus on school and college children's and lectures explaining different aspects of zoo management is delivered in the nearby schools. Some of these trained students could be selected as volunteers of the zoo to carry forward the programme.

The zoo visitors were not only exposed to information about the animals but also make understand the impact of human activities to the environment. The various type of sign board are used further strengthened the education and awareness activities. Accordingly the Various animal signages with their fast facts have been installed not only at the respective enclosures of the animals in the zoo but also installed at public places which includes railway stations, bus stations, taxi stands and busy locations on the way to Nainital like Tallital Lake Bridge, Sukhatal, Mallital Flats, Bara Patthar, Sukhatal for advertising and attracting visitors to the zoo. The directional sinages are also well placed on the roads with yellow color arrow for guiding the visitors to and inside the zoo. Sign boards with pictures of free ranging birds are also installed at different places. The visitors are also educated to interaction between the fauna and flora and the Prey and the predator relationships. These display and exhibits shall register in the mind of a visitor the need for saving not only the fauna but also the flora.

Further, the zoo organizes various outreach programs involving children, students, local peoples and visitors to educate and create awareness towards wildlife conservation on different forest and wildlife occasions. The programs organized on these occasions are as follows:-

  • World Wildlife Day on 3rd March.
  • International Bio-Diversity Day on 22nd May.
  • Nainital Zoo Foundation day on 5th June.
  • world environment day on 5th June.
  • Ozone layer conservation day on 16th September.
  • Wild life week during 1st to 7th October.

Various activities like zoo visit, quizzing, Painting and debate competition etc. are organized for the students. The winners are honored and given prizes by a dignitary. These outreach programs help in sensitizing the students as well as the visitors towards environment, forest and wildlife conservation issues.