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Oct 12, 2009

Elephants day at TopSlip


The observation of Elephants’ Day at Top Slip as part of the wildlife week celebrations drew a huge crowd on Saturday. It was organised at the reception area of the Top Slip in Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR), about 55 km from here. Tirupur Collector Samayamoorthy, Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath, Field Director of the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve H. Basuvaraju attended the function. Prizes were distributed to students who won various competitions conducted as part of the celebrations. Mr. Basuvaraju said that conservation for forests and Nature was necessary to protect earth and survival of humanity. Awareness in this regard should be created among the public through these celebrations.

Asia’s best-trained Kumki elephant Khaleem led a march past by 16 other kumki elephantts, including four calves.The playful acts of the calves enthralled visitors. Mr. Umanath asked citizens to avoid wearing any cloth, ornament or anything that is made out of particles removed from wildlife. Government alone cannot do the job of protecting forests, public participation was also needed. He asked people to avoid the use of plastics in the forests. Wildlife Warden of the Parambikulam Sanctuary Sanjayan Kumar, Assistant Director Thiyagarajan, Range Officer of Top Slip S. Thangaraj Panneer Selvam among others attended.

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