NAGPUR: At a time when state government has declared blue bull (nilgai) as wildlife vermin and issued order to shoot it without restriction, the school management of Narayana Vidyalayam, Wardha Road, has set an example by adopting a blue bull from Maharajbagh Zoo.
At present, the zoo has 12 blue bulls which are protected species under Schedule III of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The school has adopted a nilgai for a year and donated 10,000 for its caretaking. Zoo in-charge Dr SS Bawaskar informed that this is for the first time that a blue bull was adopted. “The adopted nilgai is a five-year-old adult and was born at the zoo itself. The money donated by the school will be used for feeding the animal for one year,” he said.
By adopting the blue bull, the school wants to sow the seeds of wildlife conservation and protection in the minds of students. Principal of Narayana Vidyalayam Mala Chembath said, “This initiative will teach students something that regular course books cannot. Children tend to learn better when they get real exposure. So, we decided to adopt an animal as this would be like an out-of-classroom learning for them and they will better understand the meaning of wildlife conservation.”
Zoo controller Dr VK Kharche said that adoption programme is aimed at creating awareness about wildlife and students play an important role as they are the caretakers of future.