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Water hole census of Wild animals: Volunteers felicitated at Aranya Bhavan

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Hyderabad: The Telangana Forest Department convened a meeting with NGOs and volunteers, who had participated in the water hole census of Wild animal on May 11 and 12 at Aranya Bhavan on Saturday for interaction and obtaining first hand feedback on the experiences of the volunteers. Some 53 volunteers representing WWF, Friends of Snakes Society, Hyderabad Tiger Conservation Society, Deccan Birders, Forest and Wildlife Protection Society, attended the feedback session.
            These volunteers had gone to Amrabad Tiger Reserve, Kawal Tiger Reserve and Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary for attending the water hole census. During the feedback session the participants suggested to conduct such field activity in wildlife areas once in 3 months on subjects like wildlife habitat improvement, wildlife protection, Anti-poaching drive, wildlife monitoring and creation of awareness among the people for wildlife conservation.
            The volunteers suggested measures like imposing ban on use of plastics in wildlife areas, training field staff up to grass root level in monitoring of wildlife and control of wildlife crime. They assured the Forest Department of full cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and creation of awareness.
            The Principal Chief Conservators of Forests (Prod) M. Prudhvi Raju, IFS, R. Sobha, IFS, and Munindra, IFS, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Admn) participated in the meeting and distributed certificates of appreciation to the participants. 

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