About Wildlife Research and Training Centre, Gorewada
The Government of Maharashtra, in view of the rich flora and fauna in Vidarbha region, decided to establish International Zoo at Gorewada, Nagpur in November 2011. Considering the importance of the wildlife in the ecosystem and obligation of its conservation through research, extension and education, the Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University, Nagpur proposed ‘Wildlife Research and Training Centre’ at Gorewada, Nagpur with a total outlay of Rs. 1873.74 lakh and the Department of Forest, Government of Maharashtra has approved the same.
MAFSU set to play major role in Wildlife Conservation
Col (Dr) Prof. A.M. Paturkar,
India is blessed in terms of bio-diversity. Our forest types are varied and water bodies are salty, fresh or both. All creatures, great and small, inhabit them. Asiatic elephants, snow leopards, hangul, red pandas, malabar grey hornbills, vultures, king cobras, olive ridley turtles, gharials, orcas, our country have them all. A visit to Indian jungles is an unparalleled experience. India has more than 70 national parks and about 440 wildlife sanctuaries including the bird sanctuaries as heritage.
In the current era of the Anthropocene, virtually all ecosystems in the world are subject to some form of anthropogenic impact. Pollution, intense deforestation, climate change, antibiotic resistance have all posed challenge to the endurance of life on this planet. Wildlife in particular has been the most affected due to habitat annihilation, lack of corridors, pollution, poaching, disease outbreaks and depleting resources.