125 school students adopted a sloth bear to raise awareness of conservation.
Story so far: The Sloth bear is listed in Schedule 1 of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. This provides them legal protection since they are an endangered species. The government’s Sloth Bear Welfare Project bans their use for entertainment.
- Teaching kids about endangered species and their conservation is a good thing. Students from Orchid’s Vijaynagar branch adopted an 11-year-old Sloth bear named Hamsi from the Bannerghatta Zoo.
- They teamed up with Wildlife SOS, one of the largest wildlife organisations in South Asia. The school’s principal said the initiative was student-driven, from collecting the money to corresponding with the officials.
Next generation: The students participated in a community service event at the Bannerghatta Rescue Center. An official from Wildlife SOS said educating people on wildlife conservation means future generations can enjoy and learn about various species.