Rally marks Wildlife Week

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Rally marks Wildlife Week
Students sporting animal masks at the awareness rally in Tiruchi on Thursday.

Need to set up more water troughs: Collector

The Forest department on Thursday organised an awareness rally to launch Wildlife Week observed from October 2 to 8 every year.

The department’s objective is to increase public awareness of wildlife conservation and increasi ng forest cover.

Tiruchi district has nearly 10,000 hectares of forest area, including Thuvarankurichi, Manapparai and Thuraiyur, where animals such as bison, boars and deer are widely found.

However, due to increasing heat and lack of water, the forest cover and the number of animals are dwindling. The forest department needs to set up more water troughs for the animals, said Collector S. Sivarasu, inaugurating the rally.

College students took part in the rally and called attention to the need for wildlife conservation. This year, the theme for Wildlife Week is ‘Life below water: For people and planet’.

The rally led by D. Sujatha, District Forest Officer, Tiruchi, began from the District Court campus and culminated at Bishop Heber College on Vayalur Road.

K. Murali Shankar, Principal District Judge, A. Mayilvaganan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, and A. Arshiya Begum, Dean in-charge, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, planted saplings on the District Court Campus to commemorate the event before taking part in the awareness rally.

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