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Elephant Day celebrated at Top Slip

M. Gunasekaran

Children and wildlife enthusiasts gathered in large numbers to witness the elephant procession

— Photo:M. Balaji

Jumbo strides: Domesticated elephants on a procession at Top Slip in the Anamalais during the Elephant Day celebrations on Sunday.

POLLACHI: With the 43-year-old Kaleem, rated as one of the best kumkis in the country, leading the procession, the ten elephants including the youngest four-year-old Bullu, gently marched along the meadow at Top Slip amid the cheers by the school children and wildlife enthusiasts. The forest authorities on Sunday celebrated the Elephant Day.

Events galore

More than 200 visitors eagerly touched these gentle giants and fed them jaggery, sugarcane and bananas .

The Elephant Day celebration was a part of the Wildlife Week celebrations organised by the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary (IGWLS).

It was celebrated with great fun and distribution of prizes to tribal children and school children for various competitions.

Fight eco-terrorism

Sanjayan Kumar, Wildlife Warden of the Parambikumal Wildlife Sanctuary, (which shares borders with IGWLS), called upon the youth to fight `eco-terrorism,’ as green soldiers.

He also distributed prizes . Dissemination of information on wildlife conservation was vital to create awareness among the public to protect the environment, he said.

Keystone species

Describing the elephant as keystone species, Mr. Kumar said conservation of elephant is directly linked to the conservation of bio-diversity.

He asked the youth and children to love elephants and wildlife.

K.R. Varadharajan, Wildlife Warden of the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Warden and National Park said that the presence of large number of elephant in a forest is an example of the richness of a forest.

Be conscious

He asked the young generation to be conscious of the eco-system and contribute their mite towards its conservation and awareness.

Prizes were given to the children who won in drawing, elocution and essay writing competitions.

Ulandy range officer S. Thangaraj Pannerselvam proposed the vote of thanks.

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