World Tiger Day will be celebrated at Bandipur and at the Mysuru zoo on Sunday to reinforce the imperatives of conservation of tiger and create public awareness.

Bandipur National Park, which is also one of the prestigious tiger reserves and houses more than 100 tigers in the wild, will hold a special programme to mark the occasion during which a postal cover on tigers will be released by India Post.

Ambadi Madhav, Conservator of Forests and Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said about 6,500 envelopes would be printed by India Post and will be used by the Forest Department for official communication through postal means.

“The image of tiger will serve to remind the public of the imperatives of conserving the tigers,” he added.

There will also be a talk on tiger and its conservation status by officials and subject experts and senior officials of the Forest Department, elected representatives and schoolchildren will be in attendance.

The Mysuru Zoo will also celebrate the day with special programmes highlighting the importance of wildlife conservation. The Youth Club 2018 will also be inaugurated to mark the occasion. S. Darshan, actor, will inaugurate the club.

Vijay Kumar Gogi, Principal Secretary to Government, Forest Ecology and Environmental Department; and Rajendra Gharwad, Assistant Inspector General of Forests, NTCA, will share their experiences on issues pertaining to tigers and their conservation.

B.P. Ravi Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Member Secretary, Zoo Authority of Karnataka; Pradeep, Scientific Officer, Planet Aquarium; and others will participate in the programme, according to Ajit Kulkarni, Executive Director, Mysuru zoo.

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