Guwahati: A group of high school (HS) students from six educational institutions from fringe areas of Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve in Darrang of central Assam took part in a nature camp where they were sensitised on various issues related to the biodiversity of local areas. Jointly organised by Aaranyak, Orang forest reserve authority and supported by United Kingdom based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, the residential nature camp (19 to 22 March 2023) was attended by 35 students from Bechimari MES, Silamari HS, Sirajul Haque HS, Dokhin Borsola HS, Keramot Ali MES and Ballav Bhai Patel HS.
Various session conducted by different conservation experts during the camp and the students were exposed to the rich biodiversity of Orang forest reserve, which boasts a treasure trove of wildlife including one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, pygmy hog, hog deer and many lesser known faunal and floral species. They were enlightened on nature’s immense contributions to human life and livelihood through various modes of presentations.
Forest officer Dibyajyoti Deuri inaugurated the camp in presence of UK guests Eleanor Harvie and Gemma Charles with others. A number of resource persons including Orang forest reserve director Pradipta Baruah, Aaranyak official Parag Jyoti Deka, Tezpur University’s research scholar Sabrina Begum, Kaziranga-based conservation educator Swapan Nath, Mangaldoi College teachers Jayanta Baruah and Santosh Borkakoty, etc attended the camp.