9 May, Trashigang: Junior Ranger club has been launched at Sakteng lower secondary school on 9th May, coinciding with the monthly cleaning campaign. Based on the International Red Panda Network program, the aim of Junior Ranger clubs is to involve youth in learning biodiversity and its importance with emphasis on red panda conservation and research. Twenty students listened to SWS staff talk about red pandas, watched videos and learnt the importance of Red panda in biodiversity conservation. Students were given activity books to draw and color the red pandas to make them aware about the basic features of Red panda like their ecology and diet. The day concluded with the presentation of a certificates to confirm their role as junior rangers.
With this, the management of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary has launched two Junior ranger club in both Merak and Sakteng school to foster positive attitudes towards the conservation of our biodiversity and to promote citizen scientist-based conservation.
The management plans to organize further helpful activities for the Junior rangers when the fund is available in the near future.
Reported by Sonam Wangyel, SWS
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