Mysuru, December 18:- The four day annual conference of Indian Zoos organised by Sri Chamarajendra zoological gardens began in the city at a private hotel on Monday.
The heads of zoological gardens from 28 States in the country are participating in the annual conference that are discussing strategies and come out with a vision document for improving management practices and developing zoos in 10 years as this year’s theme is ‘Vision 2030 for the zoos’.
Zoo authority of Karnataka chairperson Mallige Veeresh inaugurated the conference while Kishan Singh Sugara, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Head of Forest Force), Bengaluru presided over the function.
The conference will discuss and look at the action plans for next ten years with focus on the what role the zoos’ can play in the light of man-animal conflicts, conservation education and engaging the society for the conservation of wildlife and so on. A total of 31 zoo directors are expected to participate in the four day conference.
C S Yelakki, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (retired) and member, Central Zoo Authority; Punati Sridhar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wl), Bengaluru; Dr D N Singh, member- secretary, Central Zoo Authority, New-Delhi; C Jayaram, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wl) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Karnataka, Bengaluru and B P Ravi, Additional. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and member-secretary, ZAK and others were present.-(KK)