Updated: September 19, 2022 2:42 p.m. STI
Gangtok (Sikkim) [India], September 19 (ANI/NewsSee): International Red Panda Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of September every year to support the conservation of the red panda. It’s a day to celebrate the elusive Himalayan Mountain Firefox and generate much-needed awareness about the species. Taking a step forward in conservation efforts, the SBI Foundation and WWF India have entered into a partnership to generate large-scale information on the species at a transboundary level and engage with communities in safeguarding key habitats. of the red panda in the Khangchendzonga landscape of Sikkim and West Bengal.
An event was held at the Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok to celebrate International Red Panda Day. This zoological park is the first of its kind, where animals are kept in their natural habitat. The event was organized to educate young visitors about endangered species. The program included presentations and discussions on red panda conservation, an inter-school quiz competition and ended with zoo visits.
Speaking at the event, Karma Loday Bhutia, State Minister of Forests, Environment and Wildlife of Sikkim shared, “Red pandas are a special animal for the state, and the partnership between WWF India and the SBI Foundation would contribute significantly to the conservation effort of the State Government and he also requested WWF for their technical contribution to a species recovery program for the future.
Lalit Mohan, President and COO of the SBI Foundation, said, “Red panda conservation efforts are an extension of efforts to secure and protect the ecosystem, of which they are a part. This project is a true manifestation of SBI. The Foundation’s commitment to mitigating the dangers of climate change and working to create sustainable development pathways. The partnership between SBIF and WWF India strengthens our nation’s resolve to conserve our ecological diversity and heritage.
Priyadarshinee Shrestha, WWF India Team Leader, said, “I would like to thank the Department of Forestry and Environment, Government of Sikkim and Territorial Administration of Gorkhaland for their efforts in red panda conservation. We are also grateful to the SBI Foundation for strengthening this initiative. in partnership with WWF India. We hope to achieve tangible results from this project after three years.
Dr. Sandeep Tambe, APCCF/CWLW, Sikkim, and other senior officials from the Government of Sikkim, SBI Foundation and WWF India were also present at the event.
International Red Panda Day was also celebrated with the support of Sikkim State Education Departments and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. They have helped educate children in 300 to 400 schools about the red panda. A short program was also held at Kagyu Thekchenling Monastery, Lava, West Bengal, for monk students, Lava High School students and red panda keepers. Red Panda Guardians are community volunteers who will support red panda conservation efforts and help educate community members.
The SBI Foundation is the CSR arm of the State Bank of India. True to its tradition of “Service Beyond Banking”, the foundation currently works in 28 states and Indian union territories on sustainability and environment, rural development, health, education, livelihood development and skills, youth empowerment, sports promotion, etc. The SBI Foundation believes in reflecting the philosophy of the SBI Group in conducting ethical interventions, which promote growth and equality and create a positive impact on society. www.sbifoundation.in
WWF India is committed to creating and demonstrating practical solutions that help conserve India’s ecosystems and rich biodiversity. With over 50 years of conservation journeys in the country, WWF India strives to find science-based and sustainable solutions to challenges at the interface of development and conservation. WWF India is part of the WWF network, with offices in over 100 countries around the world. WWF India works in many states of India through our state and field offices. The organization works in different geographical regions and in thematic areas, including the conservation of major wildlife species and the management of their river habitats, wetlands and ecosystems. On the sustainability side, priority areas are adapting to climate change, finding sustainable solutions for business and agriculture, and empowering local communities as guardians of conservation. We also work in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade and in the environmental education of students through awareness and awareness campaigns. www.wwfindia.org.
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