Monday, April 09, 2007

NGOs roping in children to protect snow leopards, other wildlife

Press Trust of India

PUNE, April 6: Grappling with the daunting task of preserving endangered species such as Ladakhs snow leopard, NGOs have begun roping in local school children to protect the bio-diversity and wildlife of the area. "The fragile ecology of the cold desert is facing many threats due to various external influences. Hence, it is very important that local children are sensitized to become better stewards of their wildlife," says Ms Sujatha Padmanabhan of Kalpavriksha, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Kalpavriksha, in collaboration with Ladakh-based NGO Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) has started snow leopard conservation programmes in schools located around the Hemis High Altitude National Park in Ladakh. clid=2&id=179695&usrsess=1

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