Coorg Wildlife Society
Coorg wildlife society was found in 1980, with a goal of protecting wildlife in Coorg. The society has 800 members in and outside Kodagu. Its efforts include the education of children by organising jungle visits, bird-watching, study of trees and plants, besides visits to remote areas to see nature in the raw. No greater impact can be effected than the tutoring of growing minds. Programmes include continuous dialogue with the most isolated farmer to make him understand his important role in his environment. Selected areas of forests and rivers have been set apart as preserves and sanctuaries to nurture the growth of animals and fish. Hunting and fishing of any kind has been proscribed entirely in these hallowed groves. The sound of express rifles and dynamite in the forests is now almost memories of a fearful past.
Prominent among the denizens are tigers, elephants, sloth bears, bisons, spotted deer, black buck, as also wild pigs, rabbits and a host of other quadrupeds. Reptiles too have notable representatives in the form of King cobra, hooded cobra, Brussels Vapour, Krait rock python, iguana and monitor lizards.
The society, jointly with the Forest College, Ponnampet is conducting Environment Development Research at Nagarahole and the forest department has also agreed to a proposal to conduct a complete research for a period of five years in the East forest area in the district.
The society had published various books on the plant species and animals in the Kodagu and also organised moutanineering at the western ghats in the district.
The society also conducts wildlife week in october every year and various competitions for the children like essay writing and drama competitions are held.
The main aim of the wildlife week is to educate and create awareness among the children about environment and forest. The forest department funds the 50 per cent of the expense.
Coorg Wildlife Society Contact Details:
Coorg wildlife Society,
Post Box No: 11, Near D.F.O Quarters,
Chain gate, Madikeri - 571201
Kodagu District, Karnataka
Phone Number: 08272-2235050, 9448588197
The Coorg Wildlife Society has been awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Environment award 2005-06 and the award was presented by the Governor T N Chaturvedi during the World Environment Day celebrations in Bangalore recently, said Society President Colonel (retd) C P Mutthanna.