Guwahati: Calling children on a turtle trail.
Teaching turtle conservation can be fun and interactive activities can be an amazing experience for children of any age.
Brought out by Turtle Survival Alliance, ‘Turtle Trail’ brings fun and interactive wildlife presentation and displays through a range of activity sheets, sketches, trivia, memes, myth busters and other informational aspects that can be used across formal education systems in schools or informally during awareness campaigns.
Dr. Rajeev Basumatary, Project Advisor of Northeast, TSA India says, “This book is very reliable for all age groups and categories of audience and well-designed with brain-storming activities, making it very interactive and informative.”
The book, which is a trainer’s guide, says the presentations through graphical sketches will capture the interest and attention of the young , and old leaving a lasting impression.
The book is designed to impart all the information that one may need to teach children about freshwater turtles and tortoises, their habitats, threats they may face, their importance, interesting turtle facts, and what can be done for their conservation.
Northeast India houses 75 per cent of India’s 29 species of turtles and tortoises across several sites. Unfortunately, a third of the species in this region are listed as threatened under IUCN Red List assessments. Globally, India ranks sixth in terms of species diversity, while third among all Asian countries making it one of the most important countries in the world for turtle conservation.
The trainer’s guide, “Turtle Trail ” was released Wednesday on the occasion of World Wetland Day by Minister of Environment and Forests Parimal Suklabaidya together with other recognised personalities on the dias.
59 hatchlings of the critically endangered Black Softshell turtles were released at Chandubi Lake with joint efforts of Assam Forest Department, Nagsankar temple committee and Turtle Survival Alliance India. Chandubi lake, situated in West Guwahati, is a tectonic lake, connected to the Brahmaputra river basin via Kulsi river.
Dr. Shailendra Singh, Director, TSA India said, “This remarkable event is a stepping stone towards fulfilling our commitment along with other stakeholders of releasing 1000 individuals of these turtles in the wild in next 10 years under the aegis of Black Softshell vision plan 2030.”
TSA India has been working with Nagsankar temple committee, Biswanath Chariali for the past three years, providing inputs on husbandry management of the turtles at the temple pond and ensuring the survival of the neonates. The eggs were collected from the temple and incubated under prerequisite conditions. 119 hatchlings have been successfully reared since September 2021 at TSA India’s facility, Nature Discovery Centre, at Biswanath ghat. Apart from the release, 60 hatchlings were transferred to the nursery facility of Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden for proper husbandry management and eventual release.
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