Water bowl project
Summer extends from April to June in Jaipur which is the hottest season with temperatures ranging from 32°C to 45°C. The main aim of this project is to install water pots in different colonies of Jaipur city and inform people about the necessity of saving birds. The increase in temperature and scarcity of water leads to many birds dying of heatstroke which threatens our biodiversity. Team Raksha with the help of citizens and volunteers installs water bowls in different colonies of Jaipur. Community members are made aware of the importance of water bowls installation are pledged to keep these water bowls clean and to fill them regularly. This activity not only focuses on creating a sustainable ecosystem but also develops a bond between citizens and their local birds.
- EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES:
The objective of our project is to educate the youth about how to fight against animal cruelty and defend animal rights. These programs are designed to develop compassion in the minds of students through making them aware of nature, the need to conserve wildlife, the regulations related to animal rights, the importance of plantation, the non-usage of leather, the benefits of vegetarianism and the detriments of their lifestyle.
- ANNUAL BIRD TREATMENT CAMP:
Nukkad Nataks and Mock Rally are held in different communities across the city to raise more awareness about the bird treatment camps.
The rally is full of students who are enthusiastic in helping fulfil the noble cause of saving birds. Raksha leads rallies and demonstrations multiple times a year to inform the mass of the bird massacre which does not leave any benefits for the ecological system and the humanity. Those activities have a very huge impact on people’s mindset and help reduce the massacre. Through these activities, one gets sensitized about the harmful effects of manjha on both birds and humans.
- AWARENESS DRIVE:
A basic awareness drive on global warming is organized to provide people with the opportunity to think about who is responsible, what a person can do about it and how it’s affecting the entire ecosystem. Brochures are distributed to the public, so they can learn more about this issue. Last year, 200 people pledged to change their day-to-day lifestyle to reduce their carbon footprints.
- EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS THROUGH WORKSHOPS:
Raksha members take time to organize various workshops to educate others about wildlife conservation.
One of Raksha’s main focuses is the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds. Raksha started the first free Bird Treatment Camp (BTC) in Jaipur in 2006. Raksha provides a helpline dedicated to rescuing birds. The BTC operates with a 4-step program.
- Rescue and First-Aid: Birds in shock are given medication to revive them and then if possible released at the rescue site.
- Treatment: If the rescued birds need further treatment they are shifted to smaller cages and their injuries are addressed by a veterinarian.
- Rehabilitation: After treatment by a veterinarian the bird enters the rehab process. This includes regular medicines intake, dietary supplements and meeting the physiological needs of the birds by replicating their natural habitat.
- Release: The combination of three assessments (feed, perching, and flight patterns) are used to evaluate if a bird is ready to be released into the wild. After careful evaluation, the bird is released into a suitable natural habitat.
BIRD ORPHANAGE: In 2013, a Baby Bird Orphanage was established in order to provide intensive care and fostering services specifically for Egglings, Hatchlings and Fledgelings. Even though, the general idea was always to reunite baby birds with their parents, when all efforts to reunite the baby birds failed they were brought to the orphanage. Initially, the baby birds had a very high mortality rate, but over a period of time, it has decreased due to our innovative techniques that are always improving. Since March 2018, we have successfully rehabilitated over 200 Baby birds of different species like Parakeets, Hawks, Sparrows, Kingfishers, Ducklings, Herons etc.
Many homeowners have problems with snakes entering their homes. Raksha offers a helpline that people can call, and a trained professional will come rescue the snake. After, the rescue Raksha educates the caller, and releases the snake on the spot will release the snake in a suitable natural environment. Raksha provides information on the difference between venomous and non venomous snakes as well as prevention techniques.
Prevention techniques include:
- Eliminate food sources through rat control
- Reduce places snakes like to rest such as rock or wood piles
- Keep your yard clean to remove hiding places
- In extreme situations the use of a perimeter wide fence can be very effective
Besides birds and snakes, there are other animals in this city that need to be rescued, for example hedgehogs and possums. We cure any injuries at our shelter and release them in the forest.
World Wildlife Week
Our lives would be very much poorer without the varied forms of organisms that build up the balance of nature. Wildlife preservation in fact implies active and planned wildlife management under which all forms of life would progress side by side with human progress, each in its own sphere of influence and utility and without any detriment to human interests. In fact, it is with this end in view that wildlife sanctuaries and national parks have been established and developed in suitable areas all over the country.
Therefore, in order to arouse a general awakening in the common man in favour of protection of wildlife, the Indian Board of Wild Life (IBWL) decided to observe the Wildlife Week and since then from October 1 – 7 every year organize different activities related to wildlife conservation to commemorate this week.
Every year around this time (October 1 to 7) governments, environmentalists, activists, educators organize different activities to accelerate the awareness of wildlife conservation among people. India, being a mega-storehouse of various species, is also able to manage several conferences, awareness programmes, and public meetings among the nature lovers. Schools and educational institutions organize events such as wildlife related movie screening, painting competition/essay writing/ debate competition for young children with wild life as the theme.
However the seriousness of celebrating Wildlife Week is not only to educate or create awareness about wildlife among young people like school children and general public but also work with the government and help them form policies and design strategies favouring solutions that address wildlife conservation issues in today’s changing circumstances.
Raksha being an animal welfare organization took a similar initiative to promote wildlife conservation through various modes of communication.
Our target was not just the visitors to the zoo that include parents , school going children and various other age group of people but also the different staff who are employed in Zoo but are still not aware of the importance of these animals and the role they play in the ecosystem. During World Wildlife Week, our Team educated more than 8,000 students of different schools of Jaipur about reptiles and mammal conservation .