Conservation Education and Capacity building for Tiger Conservation

Goal 1: Create awareness on tiger conservation through education and training Objectives: To train teacher educators to promote tiger conservation in Arunachal Pradesh Activity: Three-day teacher training workshop for Educators, forest personnel, NGOs and interested individuals will be conducted Goal 2: To build the capacity and to strengthen the management skills of forest front-line staff Objective: To update and provide up to date information on wildlife conservation management and tools Activity: 5-day capacity building training.


Human animal conflict Training for forest personnel

The project is to provide field oriented capacity building training programmes for the frontline forest staff from four tiger and four elephant reserves in Tamil Nadu, where human animal conflict is high. The project aims to address human-animal conflict issues, improve protection of tiger and elephant and its habitats, form a network of frontline staff who will observe and collect data accurately and, enhance monitoring practices and report about the various conservation issues occur in the reserves. The frontline staff are the cutting edge of the forestry hierarchy who are in constant touch with the people whose needs are met from the forest. They are instrumental in implementation of the forest related rules, regulations, conservation and development activities. Importantly these officials assist the forest department by providing basic data from the field while doing daily patrolling, monitoring and observation. The efficiency and effectiveness of the State Forest Department hence depends much on the performance level of these officials. To cope up with challenges and pressures the management skills of foresters need to be updated and upgraded. In this project three training programmes were conducted for the frontline staff who are involved in monitoring and collect data.


Prevention and Mitigation of Humans and Pachyderms Conflict in Nepal

The goal of the project is ‘Towards zero casualty of man and animal in human-elephant conflict areas and a community that appreciate and co-exist with elephants’. Major objectives of the project are: to reduce human-elephant conflict by conveying positive attitudes and effective preventative and practical behaviour; to reach out to wider target groups in three HEC areas and to create awareness about co-existence and; to evaluate the impacts of the project and to continue creating awareness even after project period. Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation, Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Bardia National Park and National Trust for Nature Conservation and other NGOs will be the collaborators of the project coordinated by Zoo Outreach Organisation, India and with the financial support of USFWS.


Safe guarding the Greater One-horned Rhino meta-population

The objective of the project is to identify conservation educators in rhino range areas holding meta-populations in India (West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh), provide lively training and effective education materials on the Greater One-horned Rhino conservation to selected conservation educators ultimately reaching to wider communities who live in and around the Protected Areas (PAs). This is carried out based on the recommendations of Rhino specialists, that is to involve local community in rhino conservation, implementing education and awareness programmes and to reduce human-rhino conflicts so as to save the species from local extinction, subsequently a series of awareness programmes for the community.


Fostering Human Elephant Coexistence (HECx) awareness

This project is to reach out school teachers and school children who lives in or nearby Northern Western Ghats (both Sathyamangalam and Erode forest divisions) in Erode District human elephant conflict villages and teach them about safety education on human elephant coexistence through teachers training and school awareness programmes for school children in order to save their lives and live harmoniously with elephants.


Project Kaliru

Targeting to achieve zero mortality in HEC areas in partnership with Tamil Nadu Forest department.
To educate stakeholders to modify livelihood / lifestyle methods that are incompatible in HEC areas and to educate local bodies in developing safety protocols in conflict areas
To plan and organize mass awareness programmes for the community in HECx in conflict prone areas of Coimbatore forest range
Evaluating the impact of the program


Elephant conservation welfare training for temple mahouts

A study by Varman (2008) on the status of captive elephants in Tamil Nadu and other India states state recommended that those elephant handlers require training so as to improve the welfare of captive elephants. In Tamil Nadu the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments HR&CE Department conduct rejuvenation camps for temple elephants and private owned elephants too need them. This project is to conduct elephant welfare training programs for elephant handers namely mahout, cavadi, managers of private elephant owners who handle about 40 elephants in TN. Welfare of captive elephants can be developed through proper understanding of the basic biology, daily requirement, activities and behavior of the animal, proper handling, care, husbandry and humane treatment. ZOO in collaboration with HR&CE and Tamil Nadu Forest Department and industrialists is planning to have a training program in Southern Districts of TN. The project will develop a database of elephant handlers and captive elephant details that will form baseline information for future conservation initiatives.


Outreach/Awareness Training

ZOO’s specialty is zoo and conservation education. Over the years the organization has conducted over a hundred training courses in different states, countries as even continents and brought out many publications of packets, books, posters and other educational material.





Getting on with Elephants (Behaviour)



ZOO Education


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ZOO's Teaching materials

Teaching Manuals

  1. Zoo Ed Manual
  2. Teachers for Tigers - An educator's Toolkit for Saving the World's Greatest Cat (in English, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Assamese) (Product of Wildlife Conservation Society, USA)
  3. South Asian version of Building a Future for Wildlife — a booklet about World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy. Understanding Animals and Protecting them in South Asia
  4. Guide to South Asian Primates for Teachers and Students of All Ages
  5. Helping Hoolock Gibbons Hang on. A manual to make every teacher a conservationist and every conservationist a teacher
  6. Sloth Bear Teaching Guide
  7. Getting along with elephants (HECx) (in English, Tamil, Malayalam, Thail, Dzongkha - Bhutan, Indonesia, Bengali, Nepali)
  8. Educator Resource Manual - Teaching Conservation Welfare for Captive and Wild Animals
  9. Sahyadri Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation Teaching Guide
  10. The Greater one-horned Rhino Conservation Teaching Took kit
Education Packets
  1. Against Wildlife Trade
  2. Amphibians
  3. Bats
  4. Bats and Rats
  5. Biodiversity Conservation
  6. Conservation Conscious and Conservation Careless zoos
  7. Daily life wildlife
  8. Bear
  9. Freshwater Biodiversity
  10. Getting on with Elephants (Behaviour) (Tamil and English)
  11. Go Gharial
  12. Hoolock Gibbon
  13. Invertebrates
  14. Live more simply (addresses climate change)
  15. Monkey Manners (Behaviour) (Tamil and English)
  16. Plants for Life
  17. Pollinators
  18. Primates
  19. The real purpose of Zoos
  20. Tiger
  21. Turtle and Tortoises
  22. Vultures
  23. Welfare of the animals
  24. World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy
  25. Zoo Patrol Kit
  1. A B C Bio-diver-si-ty
  2. Frogs Rock!
  3. Amphibian families of India
  4. Advancing Bat Conservation
  5. Bats 'n' Rats
  6. Endemic and Threatened Fishes of Periyar Tiger Reserve
  7. Frog City
  8. Frog Talk
  9. HECx Dos Donts
  10. Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoolock - Hang on to your survival
  11. Indian Parachutes
  12. Cute Indian Pangolin
  13. Release of Special Cover on Hoolock Gibbon Man of the Forest ... Hanging on to survival
  14. Turtle Size and Shapes
  15. Six species of vulture exhibiting their dining culture
  16. Put Yourself in their place
  17. Glorious Gecko
  18. Save Pangolin from Extinction
  19. The real purpose of Zoos
  20. The Sahyadri Freshwater Fish
  21. The Sahyadri Odonates
  22. Lion-tailed Macaque
  23. Red Listed Western Ghats Tarantulas
  24. South Asian Amphibians
  25. Tigers, Gibbons, Trees, Leaves ... Forest
  26. The Himalayan Threatened Primate
  27. Techniques for Chytrid Detection
  28. The Amphibian Chytrid Life Cycle
  29. The Long Reach of Chytrid
  30. The Indian Alliance for Zero Extinction
  31. Freshwater Taxa Policy Project, Western Ghats, India
  32. Pollinators! not just bees!
  33. Leaping Ahead of Extinction
  34. Forests at your service (WED)
  35. Amphibian Biodiversity Crisis...
  36. Some South Asian Commensal Monkeys
  37. Not to do at the zoo
  38. South Asian Primates
  39. The "dearest" deer
  40. To do at the zoo
  41. Ele-Do's and Don'ts
  42. It's not the forest but it's also not on the road!
  43. Gharial
  44. Building a Future for Wildlife
  45. Countdown 2010
Colouring Books
  1. ABC of Indian Butterflies
  2. An Amphibian An Art Aark
  3. The ABC of Indian Wildlife
  4. South Asian Monkey
  5. South Asian Bats
  6. Freshwater Turtle and Tortoises of India
  7. Vulture Culture

Achamba booklet


South Asian Primates
The Sahyadri Aquatic Plants
The Sahyadri Reptiles
The Sahyadri Odonates
The Sahyadri Freshwater Fish



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