Yaduveer takes a walk in zoo, lauds conservation efforts

Nov 13, 2017

Mysuru: Mysuru royal family scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar inaugurated botany and zoology clubs as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens here on Sunday.

Stating that he is overcome with happiness to see his forefathers’ vision intact, Yaduveer said, “It has been two years since I was given the opportunity to become heir to the Wadiyar dynasty, and I’m extremely pleased to see the vision of my forefather Chamarajendra Wadiyar being intact to this day, though it’s been 125 years since he established the zoo.”

There are many institutions started by my forefathers which are over 100 years old. I’m happy to see that they are still doing great service, even after a century. “The development of the zoo is noteworthy. Cleanliness, conservation of animals, healthcare provided to animals and the way they are looked after at the zoo is commendable,” said Yaduveer, who went around the zoo and lauded the efforts of the Zoo Authority.

Pointing out that conservation efforts in the country have borne fruit, T Shivanandappa, CSIR emeritus scientist, department of studies in zoology, University of Mysore, said, “In the past 50 years, we’ve achieved phenomenal success in conservation. There were hardly 1,000 tigers in the 1970s. They were on the verge of extinction and efforts to conserve the tiger began with then PM Indira Gandhi.”

Karnataka has the highest number of tigers in the entire country, which is a matter of pride and shows how well conservation is being done in the state, he added, pointing out that India’s culture has a role to play in wildlife conservation. “India is a country that has a history of animal worship. Animals are revered and even to this day, animals and forests are worshipped. China, on the other hand, killed all its tigers, while we have managed to save our wildlife despite India being a populous country.”

Speaking about environmental protection laws that have existed in the country since ages, Yaduveer said, “There is documented evidence that Emperor Ashoka, as early as 329BC, had spoken about conservation of wild animals and also made laws to protect nature. The Maharajas of Mysuru too introduced environmental laws as early as 1927.”

TRISHIKA, GAURI RULE HERE

* Two tigresses captured from the wild were named after Yaduveer’s wife Trishika Kumari and slain journalist Gauri Lankesh

* Male hippo calves were named Avinash and Vipin

* Female hippo calf was named Zuma

* Female baby baboons were named Luna and Tuna

SUPPORT FOR ADOPTION

Though it’s said that one shouldn’t talk about the charity one does, I believe that one should make things public when he/she adopts animals at the zoo. Only then will the scheme be known to people and that in turn will boost conservation.

Srimathi | animal adopter

Children and adults should come forward and adopt animals at the zoo and support the zoo in its conservation efforts.

Kamal Kanth Bagai | anthropologist