Around 3.2 million people visit Nandankanan Zoological Park. Such a wide, diverse, varied and regular audience provides an excellent opportunity for education, and an enormous potential to heighten public perception and awareness about the animals and their conservation. Zoos are living institutions, living classrooms, living landscapes. Zoo education is a holistic discipline targeted at zoo visitors, staff and the wider community aiming to promote an understanding of, and concern and respect for biodiversity, animals and the natural world, and encourage action for a sustainable future. In order to have impact, we need to influence as many people as possible. To do this, we need to promise and deliver something relevant and attractive to the wider community. We want visitors to enjoy themselves, and to feel the wonder and affection toward animals. We want to make it easy for visitors to take action during their visit and after they leave our gates. To achieve this education programmes are designed with a different flavor, like celebration of birthday, elephant day, naming of new born, display of signages etc. There is a dedicated zoo education officer in Nandankanan to take care of these activities.
The World Zoo Conservation Strategy emphasizes that the use of a variety of educational techniques, facilities and considerations, together with knowledge, creativity and inventiveness can make zoos highly interesting, attractive and effective places for environmental conservation and holistic life system education.
Nandankanan Zoo School was formally opened on 29 th December, 2003 (on the occasion of 44th Foundation Day of Nandankanan Zoological Park). The first issue of Newsletter of Nandankanan Zoo School, named “ Panchatantra ” was released on this occasion. Nandankanan Zoo School is a platform where students get opportunities to learn/know about wild animals/biodiversity/wilderness of planet earth (more particularly of this region) through specially designed programmes of Awareness/Education. These programmes (with lots of fun and excitement) are interactive, innovative, enriched learning. The students get an opportunity to learn and disseminate the need for conserving the wilderness/wildlife/biodiversity.
Interested students are welcomed to join Nandankanan Zoo School. If you intend to join you may contact you principal or coordinator (if already nominated). More than 300 students have already joined Nandankanan Zoo School formally but a large number of students also attend the Awareness/Education programmes during various important occasions Wildlife Week celebration, Elephant Day celebration, Wetland Day celebration, Birth Day of New born of the zoo, etc. and become part of the zoo school. To make the learning more exciting at the Zoo many innovative activities are added.
Your participation is absolutely at your convenience. We always follow the principle of “Learning with pleasure”. Apart from this news letter of Nandankanan Zoo School (Panchantra) you may access various information through our website: www.nandankanan.org . You can also down load the back issues of “Panchatantra” from the website. There is a separate section on Nandankanan Zoo School in our website exclusively for you. Zoo Outreach Organization, Coimbatore assist us by sending education materials/educational kits on various endangered species and welfare of animals during the celebration of important occasions.