Thursday, October 6, 2022

DoEFCC observes ‘World Elephant Day’

Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (DoEFCC) Nagaland Wildlife Wing on August 12 observed “World Elephant Day” on August 12 at Forest Office Complex, Dimapur.
A press release by chief wildlife warden Dimapur stated that director, Nagaland Zoological Park and in-charge Wildlife Warden, Dimapur, Dr. C. Zupeni highlighted the gathering on the significance of the day and stressed on the importance of saving the jumbos as they play a vital role in maintaining the ecosystem.
She said the day was first observed on August 12, 2012 under the initiative of Canadian filmmakers Patricia Sims and Michael Clark of Canazwest Pictures and Thailand based Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and since then the day was observed by various wildlife organizations and individuals all over the world.
Dr. Zupeni informed that Nagaland declared Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as elephant reserve on August 16, 2018, making it the second elephant reserve, the other being Intanki Elephant Reserve.
Delivering a speech, special invitee of the programme, state biodiversity board Nagaland, chairman,Satya Prakash Tripathi said the three basic needs of life which was shelter, water and food are all provided by the forests and as such conservation of all wildlife species including elephant, was very important.
He also called upon the people of Nagaland to come forward for conservation of forests as it would be beneficial in the long run and encouraged the students to be the ambassadors for conservation of forest and wildlife for one’s survival and to have empathy to all animals.
Tripathi said the country has made a significant step for forest and wildlife conservation such as enactment of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, Forest Conservation Act 1980 and the subject of Forest being transferred from state list to concurrent list in 1976.
During the programme, a short documentary film on elephant conservation and steps taken by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, government of India under Project Elephant to improve elephant habitats and address the conservation issues related to it, was shown.
The programme was attended by DFO Dimapur and staff, various officials of the department from Wildlife Division Dimapur, Nagaland Zoological Park, Intanki National Park, CWLW, Dimapur and students from Government Middle School Indisen Village and owners of captive elephants.