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Wildlife education should be done in schools: Valmik Thapar

In addition to reinforcing the benefits of public-private partnership and adopting an inclusive approach to wildlife in India, tiger conservationist and naturalist Valmiki Thapar strongly feel that focusing on this topic ignored in schools would introduce children in the wonderful world of the animal kingdom. What started as a hobby you could become a career option in subsequent years.

"There is much less emphasis on wildlife issues of concern in schools. There is no major chapters discuss this in textbooks for children," the widely respected Thapar, who has written 14 books and has produced a range of TV programs, said in an interview curl.

"We have to bring it more in the spotlight as elsewhere in the world. In addition, there is a greater need for all types of courses fauna of India. There are currently a mere four to six universities offering Masters in wildlife biology, "added Thapar, whose works have been aired on channels like National Geographic, BBC, Discovery and Animal Planet.

The burly, 62 years has always been vocal about issues that have prevented the growth of Indian wildlife and poor government decisions that have derailed the process of turning it into a profitable sector that could possibly have attracted foreign tourists and an example of provide a good balance between nature and man.

Thapar admit that he has waged a battle for 40 years has led to many defeats, particularly the non-caring approach of the previous government towards this sector whose potential has not been exploited states.

"Governments have no vision in this area (wildlife). They are completely deficient and not look like an open space, unlike other sectors where they are thinking of public-private partnerships (PPPs) drive development," said Thapar.

"Unfortunately, this has not been the case with wildlife. Business and industry have asked to participate in various sectors, why not animals? This kind of commitment is necessary to pass the wildlife sector in order to be inclusive approach" he added.

Lack of understanding among officials about forest management and rationalization system zoos; multiple gaps in management and outlook of the Indian Forest Service; lack of young blood in the Forest Department and his own suggestions are falling on deaf years Thapar frustrated countless times, but each time it has raised and wrote a book to preserve their knowledge for future generations.

Thapar latest offering is "Wild Fire" (Aleph), the second of a trilogy that began with the acclaimed "Tiger Fire", while the third would be "Wind of Fire". But for someone who is known for his extensive work in preserving tiger - Ranthambore he had established the Foundation in 1987 with an NGO to connect to all those who wanted to save Tigers - this book is a surprise.

"I majorly covered tigers, but other areas were equally important to me. It was the birds. I went to the libraries of the world to know their history and narrative. And I knew that there was just enough narrative about birds. So there was not enough information to make these interesting books, "said Thapar.

While the last book of the trilogy is in its last lap, Thapar has already begun working on another book that he calls as "real solutions". This would be without images and 80 focus on important issues that have stagnated development of wildlife.

"These themes reflect on different flights a problem and offer solutions. I have noted the issues of accountability, accountability, individual right, the division of the Ministry (of environment and forests) and leave the Indian Forest Service and convert -the specific forestry services of the state, "said Thapar.

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