BIO-DIVERSITY RACE HELD AT MATHERAN
THANE: To promote tourism and spread awareness about conservation, Matheran organised a ‘bio-diversity’ race — a first of its kind initiative. The volunteers participating in the race were asked to document plant and animal species. The event was part of the ‘Green Festival’ which kicked off on May 11. A total of 11 teams, comprising five members each, took part in the race.
“My interest includes knowing about bio-diversity. The experience at the hill station was good. We tracked for more than 12 hours and that helped us achieve 2,340 points. We started as amateur and doubted if we would win,” said Nipun Nabar, member of the winning team, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher.
The race will eventually help the forest department in documentation of animals and plants at the hill station.