NTNC-Central Zoo hosted the Nepal National Cricket Team yesterday on January 15, 2019 as part of its initiative to build conservation awareness and leadership. These included special sessions covering wildlife conservation, its overarching significance and impact, by NTNC's Ms. Sarita Gyawali, Programme Director; Dr. Chiranjibi Prasad Pokheral, Programme Manager, Central Zoo; and Dr. Manish Raj Pandey, Senior Conservation Officer. Aimed at developing experiential learning, an animal feeding programme was also carried out for the sportsmen who were taken on a guided tour around the zoo. Here the cricketing heroes were given an upclose observation and understaning about the unique behavior of tiger, rhino and elephant species.
The event was organized as a joint initiative between NTNC-Central Zoo and Cricket Players Association Nepal (CPAN). On behalf of the national team, Captain Mr. Paras Khadka expressed his appreciation on the opportunity to learn about national level conservation endeavors and the difference cricket can make for conservation. Dr. Manish Raj Pandey, who is also President of CPAN, shared about the importance of the exercise, and how it was even more imperative on national level personalities to take on the role as conservation ambassadors, to guide and encourage the general public towards a culture of wildlife and environmental conservation.
The national team, who are also popularly known as 'The Rhinos', are set to tour the UAE next week where they will play One-day International (ODI) and T20 international series against the host team.