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New Delhi : Pointing to the possibility of an increase in the number of tigers according to the preliminary indications from the on-going countrywide Tiger estimation/Census, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan on July 27, 2018, reiterated the need to build a social movement for tiger conservation.

Addressing the week-long Global Tiger Day celebrations here, Dr Harsh Vardhan underlined that social movements to create awareness in our country have often been built up with the help of children. In this context, the Minister quoted the example of spreading awareness on the spread of dengue some years ago and the movement for polio eradication. “Similarly, children must play a leading role on creating awareness for tiger conservation,” he said, according to a PIB release.

The Minister emphasised that tiger conservation must become a part of the Green Good Deeds movement.  He added that though major steps need to be taken, the importance of small, green deeds to protect the environment must never be forgotten.

Earlier, Dr Harsh Vardhan released a Manual on Health and Nutritional Management of Wild Animals in Indian Zoos to mark the occasion. The manual includes basic veterinary infrastructure for catering to the day-to-day & emergent needs in the Zoos.  It also includes schedules for vaccination, disinfection and de-worming of animals for ensuring their safe health and well-being.

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