india-team.jpg(Heart-rending quote at the end…) India is celebrating its 53rd observance of Wildlife Week, this week, Oct. 1-7 — and this year Amphibian Ark is a big new area of focus.  The special week is conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture. Zoo Outreach Organisation, Z.O.O., a two-decade-old Indian organization, helps zoos and other conservation organizations celebrate the week by providing educational materials about species and issues of particular importance. Z.O.O. is collaborating with the Amphibian Network of South Asia (ANSA) for a special focus this year on frogs and other amphibians. With financial assistance from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, IUCN’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, and Chester Zoo in the UK, Z.O.O. distributed across India an Amphibian Ark educational packet that included a booklet and mask for conducting dramas about the amphibian crisis. A local clothing manufacturer donated more than 1,000 T-shirts with the attractive Amphibian Ark logo. Pictured here is the dedicated team from Z.O.O. preparing to get the educational materials out the door. Regarding this picture, this is the note that accompanied it, written by Sally Walker from Z.O.O.: “Really, I don’t deserve such richness. It is after 8 p.m., very dark, very windy and my whole office staff is in our front compound sticking popsicle sticks to cardboard cards to make little kiddies placards. They are laughing like loons … it is just lovely. Life has its compensations doesn’t it?”

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