Educational Safari Inspires 5th graders in Nepal
September 20, 2022
Women for Conservation and Birds Nepal understand that the education and engagement of the next generation is absolutely essential to our dream of protecting biodiversity for generations to come. We work to inspire the next generation of conservationists by providing hands-on environmental education and meaningful wildlife experiences.
Earlier this week, Birds Nepal, with financial support from Women for Conservation, organized a conservation awareness safari for students from Green Valley School and Sunshine Secondary Boarding School, both in the buffer-zone of the mega-diverse Chitwan National Park.
Four safari jeeps transported 61 fifth graders to experience their country’s wildlife heritage and understand why it needs to be protected. This safari was intended to engage them at an early age to become passionate about wildlife conservation by educating them about threatened species, conservation challenges, and career opportunities.
The students were very excited to be in the wild; most of them had never seen a rhinoceros. Within a few minutes, the students were thrilled when they all saw a mother rhinoceros with its calf. (The Greater One-horned Rhinoceros is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List). A total of seven rhinos were seen during two hours.
Students were also delighted to see Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Indian Peafowl, Indian Rollers, Mugger Crocodiles, and White-rumped Vultures. In the observation tower by a river, snacks were provided to all participants on biodegradable plates made from banana leaves.