The sixth day of National Wildlife Week being held at the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park in Zirakpur witnessed several activities ranging from zookeepers talk to photography competition for amateurs and nukkad activities Saturday. An interaction show on bears was also arranged in which zookeeper Dharampal shared his experience of 35-years on how he takes care of the needs and maintenance of bears. At present, the zoo has two species of bears- Asiatic Black Bears and Sloth bears.
Around 46 amature photographers took part in the photography competition based on two themes ‘Ignored wild treasures’ and ‘Explore the wild emotion’. The selected photograph will be published in the zoo education publications.
A message on the importance of protecting the wildlife was spread through a street play performed by Alankrit theater group. The theme of the play was ‘jaisi karni vaisi bharni’ (as you sow , so shall you reap) in which the artistes highlighted how human beings are destroying wildlife and disrupting ecological balance through deforesting, poaching animals for their horns, skin and other parts to earn money.
The play revolves around the story of a lion whose cubs are killed by humans. When lions gather at a meeting he gets to know other animals too suffered due to the cruel deeds of humans. In the end, human beings are made to realised by these jungle dwellers how important they are for life in Earth. The play ends with a social message that ecological balance should be maintained by conserving wildlife.