Port Blair, March 28: The awareness series on Dugong and nature conservation by the CAMPA – Dugong Project, Wildlife Institute of India in association with Port Blair Guru Ki Rasoi and 4 Seasons for the children of Child Care Institutions continued at Bageecha, Port Blair.

The programme commenced with the children of Love Children’s Home followed by children from Pranab Kanya Sangha and Capston on day two and day three. During the series, children were made aware of Dogong, the state animal of A&N Islands and the kinds of threat they face. Children were taught about the basic difference between marine mammals and were made to understand how vulnerable the Dugongs are considering the threat from humans.

Ms. Swapnali Gole and Shri Sumit Prajapati, researchers from CAMPA – Dugong Project took forward the awareness sessions with video presentation on Dugong, games and an interactive session with the children. 

Shri Mandeep Grewal, Founder & President, Port Blair Guru Ki Rasoi, interacted with the children and caretakers of the CCIs and explained them about the need for having such awareness sessions.

Shri Denis Giles of Bageecha, explained the need for nature conservation and also called upon the children to start their bit by adopting plants.

At the concluding session, certificates of participation were distributed by Chef Ashwar Pal Singh of 4 Seasons, who also supported for the lunch of the children. The children were also given souvenirs on Dugong by the CAMPA- Dugong Project, which will remind them about the state animal.