Mysuru, May 5: The century year old Mysore zoo has different idea of conservation of birds through children in their homes with distributing bamboo nests.
The idea mooted by Mysuru zoo, which has designed and developed bamboo nests for birds. The bamboo had been grown on the zoo premises. Instead of letting the bamboo harvest go waste, the zoo came up with the idea of making use of the stems for building nests. Children can play a key role in this conservation effort.
The zoo gifted the bamboo nests to children who finished their summer camp at the zoo. The children have been told to hang them at their homes, keeping some feeds and water inside them for attracting birds. The zoo has asked the children to share their feedback on birds using the nests along with pictures and videos. Thanks to Sindhu, the Zoo Education Officer, who had crafted the bamboo nests at her hometown in Ballari, the zoo management has replicated the idea, distributing the bird nests to children.
A total of 65 nests had been given to the first batch of the camp and 75 more will be distributed for the second batch kids.Zoo Authority of Karnataka Member Secretary and Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests B P Ravi said that the Education Officer shared the idea with us as she had noticed sparrows nesting in the bamboo stems.
Mr Ravi said bamboo had also been grown in Bannerghatta Biological Park and Shivamogga Lion and Tiger Safari as well and such an effort will also be replicated in these places.Zoo Executive Director Ajit Kulkarni said, “We thought of gifting something which the children could remember forever. Bamboo bird nests came to our mind and we got them done from our staff.”
The zoo has proposed to produce nests from the remaining harvested bamboo and put them on sale at a nominal price.Mr Kulkarni said the zoo’s summer camp always gets huge response. (UNI)