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Cyclists Pedal 160 km from Kaziranga to Orang to Celebrate Biodiversity Conservation

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In a remarkable demonstration of dedication to biodiversity conservation, a team of eight cyclists embarked on a 160-kilometer journey from Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR) to Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve (ONP & TR). The “Ride for Conservation” rally, which took place over two days starting May 19, was organized by the authorities of both national parks to raise awareness about the crucial need for wildlife protection.

The rally commenced from the Bokakhat Range of Kaziranga National Park, with Dr. Sonali Ghosh, Director of KNP & TR, flagging off the event in the presence of various dignitaries. As the cyclists arrived at Orang National Park, they were greeted by the Divisional Forest Officer of Mangaldai Wildlife Division and Director Pradipta Baruah. This warm reception underscored the significance of the initiative in fostering a collective effort toward nature conservation.

Highlighting the event on social media, the DFO of Mangaldai Wildlife Division encouraged the public to join the pledge to protect nature, emphasizing the rally’s goal of securing a sustainable future. The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) further honored the cyclists at Silbori High School ground, where they were celebrated by local residents and notable figures such as Dr. Debo Kumar Dutta, senior manager of Aaranyak, and Dibyajoti Deori, Forest Ranger of Orang Park.

The rally didn’t just end with the completion of the journey. An awareness meeting held at Ballav Bhai Patel Higher Secondary School in Kaupati provided a platform for the participants to engage with students. This interaction stressed the importance of preserving Orang National Park and protecting its inhabitants, including rhinos and tigers. Led by Arif Hussain, Manager of Aaranyak’s Rhino Research and Conservation Division (RRCD), the rally also incorporated rhino conservation outreach campaigns conducted in schools along the route, enhancing the educational impact of the event.

The initiative received substantial support from the UK-based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, reinforcing the global importance of such conservation efforts. The Kaziranga National Park officials took to a microblogging website to express their enthusiasm for the initiative, highlighting its dual focus on promoting wildlife conservation and encouraging physical fitness. Their post read, “Ride for Conservation cycling expedition from Kaziranga to Orang was flagged off today! This initiative promotes wildlife conservation and physical well-being. Kudos to @aaranyak for their support in making this journey possible. Together, we pedal for a greener future!”

The successful execution of the rally exemplifies a growing recognition of the need to protect and preserve biodiversity. By combining physical endurance with a strong conservation message, the event effectively drew attention to the plight of endangered species and the ecosystems they inhabit. Participants and organizers alike hope that this rally will inspire broader community engagement and a sustained commitment to environmental stewardship.

With the involvement of local communities, conservation organizations, and international supporters, the “Ride for Conservation” rally stands as a testament to the power of collaborative efforts in promoting biodiversity conservation. As awareness grows, initiatives like these are crucial in fostering a culture of respect and care for the natural world, ensuring that iconic species like the rhino and tiger continue to thrive in their natural habitats.

In conclusion, the Kaziranga to Orang bicycle rally not only showcased the cyclists’ dedication to a vital cause but also highlighted the collective responsibility we all share in protecting our planet’s biodiversity. Through such inspiring events, the message of conservation reaches wider audiences, paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future.

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