About Wildlife Week 2018
Wildlife Week is observed and celebrated every year in India between 1st October to 8th October. The annual theme of the campaign is to promote the preservation of fauna – i.e. animal life. Wildlife Week was conceptualised in 1952 with the overall goal of raising awareness and to serve the long-term goal of safeguarding the lives of wildlife through critical action.
We cannot celebrate the wildlife week, without a special mention of Kota’s own beautiful animal kingdom, “Mukundra Hills”.
About Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve
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The Mukundra Hills area was declared and notified as Tiger Reserve in 2013, by bringing the wildlife sanctuaries of Kota region including Dara wildlife sanctuary of Kota, Jawahar Sagar sanctuary of Bundi, Chambal Ghariyal sanctuary of Kota and Bundi districts with some forest blocks of Chittorgarh district together. But was approved for tiger habitation on September 1, 2017.
After Ranthambore and Sariska, the Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve will now be home to a third big cat habitat. It is the first tiger reserve in the country offering both “wildlife safari” and “water safari” at the same time.
Mukundra hills are located about 56 kilometres away from the city of Kota. It is basically a woodsy reserve scattered in over 250 square kilometres of the land. The densely wooded Sanctuary is spread all over the hilly terrain.
While inside the park you can spot Tiger, Panther, Sloth bear, Leopard, Wild boar, Sambar/ cheetal deer, Nilgai, Jackal, Hyena etc. Many species of birds and reptiles are also found in the arena.
There is one more interesting adventure that will leave you mesmerized, the motorboat safari between Kota and Jawahar Sagar dam. It is the 26 Km boat safari that takes you inside the Sanctuary and gives you an opportunity to view Crocodile, Gavial, Otters and the unique flora of the river valley. Also the wonderful intrinsic tales of mystery and History which surround the entire Valley.
Kota is celebrating Wildlife Week 2018 with the dose of creativity & enthusiasm. There are various activities happening in different parts of the city. Let’s get to know a bit about them –
Programs at Mukundra Hills for Wildlife Week 2018
Under the Wildlife Week, various programs are organized by Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve and Forest Department from October 1 to October 7. The department has organised fun-filled activities for people to raise awareness about wildlife conservation.
A special arrangement has also been done for 25-25 people from 5 villages of Mukundra to enjoy the “Tiger Safari”, to spread awareness amongst the villagers.
Other programs in the city
Below is the picture of students of Government College painting outside the walls of Kota Zoo. The Zoo organised a competition among students to spread awareness about Wildlife Conservation and gave young minds a chance to express it through a creative art form.
Wildlife of Chambal Photography Exhibition
Kota Art Gallery is hosting a Photography Exhibition, “ Wildlife of Chambal” showcasing extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of these animals. The exhibition has been organised by “Wildlife of Chambal” & running from 1st October and will end on 4th October.
Wild Wednesday: An initiative by Kota City Blog
We came up with initiative a few months back to feature photographs of Wildlife of Mukundra with the aim to promote the diversity & richness of wildlife found in this region.
To know more about this initiative, mail us at [email protected] or whatsaap on 8114498856