Organized by: Mango Education and Zoo Outreach Organisation
Entry Fee: Paid
A flying fox! Wow - what fun to be able to hang upside down all day and not get sick - how do bats even do that?
The kids will learn about different kinds of bats found in India. They will learn scientific methodologies for counting roosting bats, they will use simple statistics to get solutions and play games that will help them understand how to count bats and their importance as pollinators. At the end of the session they will be a part of a citizen science movement that feeds into a nation wide database that is helping scientists all over to understand and document flying foxes in India and their conservation.
An activity sheet
Making of a Counting Grid
Subjects covered: Ecology, biodiversity, basic statistics, bat biology
Eligibility - Kids of age 11 to 15 years.About the Educator & Co- Educator:
1) Dr. Sanjay Molur has a PhD on bats and rodents. He has specialized in risk assessments and conservation planning of species (plants, animals and fungi). He also promotes peer-reviewed publications and communicating science for conservation.
Sanjay has been a long standing member of the IUCN SSC who coordinates the South Asia section of several Specialist Groups including the Primate SG, Amphibian SG and Viper SG. In recognition of his extraordinary commitment to promoting the work of many specialist groups in South Asia, and to advancing the Red List process nationally, regionally and globally, Sanjay was awarded the SSC Chair’s Citation of Excellence in 2012.
A new species of cyprinid fish of the genus Pethia described from the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot has been named in honour of Dr. Sanjay Molur. The new species Pethia sanjaymoluri was described from the Pavana River..
2) Payal is a postgraduate from Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication in Pune, India. She worked in the documentary and TV series world for 6 years. Specializing in wildlife and environment based scripts sh worked at Miditech Television on ‘Living on the Edge,’ and Riverbank Studios for 180 episodes on ‘Earth Matters’.