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A brush with wildlife at zoo

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 24, 2012
First Published: 22:43 IST(24/9/2012) | Last Updated: 22:44 IST(24/9/2012)

As part of the zoo-visitor interface, the National Zoological Park will start a 'keeper talk' programme from next week coinciding with the occasion of wildlife week celebrations.

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The park -popularly known as Delhi Zoo - will celebrate wildlife week from October 1 to 7.

"The inaugural talk will be held on October 2, a public holiday, but otherwise, the regular keeper talks would be held on weekends," said AK Agnihotri, zoo's director.

The five animals selected for the keeper talk programme are lion tailed macaque, Indian rhinoceros, hippopotamus, tiger and white tiger and Asiatic lion.

"We will add more animals later," Agnihotri said.

The zoo administration has trained its staff for the presentation. Along with oral explanations, the talk would also include presentation about the respective animals.

"The hour-long show will be conducted in both Hindi and English and an expert would be present along with the keeper of the respective animals," said Riaz Khan, zoo's curator.

The talk is an interesting interactive programme to familiarise with the identified animal and also know how the keeper takes care of that species. It includes information such as what does the animal eat, what are its habits and what does it do.  

The highlight of the programme would be the debate competition for class 11th and 12th students on October 4 on the topic of 'development vs conservation'.

Other activities for the wildlife week include on the spot painting competition, essay competition, clay modeling, wildlife quiz and photography competition for amateur photographers.


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