WWF-India conducts the fourth edition of its national level “Wild Wisdom Quiz”
New Delhi: WWF- India and TRAFFIC India conducted the finals of the Wild Wisdom Quiz, a national wildlife quiz today. The quiz reached out to more than 57,000 students from around 570 schools across 17 states of India.
The quiz began in the year 2008 when 32 schools from across Delhi and the NCR participated. A parallel radio quiz was conducted with radio partner Red FM .It was up scaled to a national level quiz in 2009, when 278 schools from 13 cities participated in the quiz. A parallel radio quiz was conducted with radio partner A.I.R. Wild Wisdom 2010 was held in 16 cities over 3 levels engaging more than 50,000 students from around 400 schools across 15 states. The finals of the Quiz was telecast nationally by Doordarshan.
The quiz 2011 was held in 17 cities, over three levels – school level, state level and national level. The national level quiz saw keen participation of students from these cities out of which, 5 school teams from 5 different states made it to the grand finale including Maharishi Vidyamandir Senior Secondary School, Guwahati; Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore; DAV Lakkar Bazaar, Shimla; Gitanjali Senior Secondary School, Hyderabad and St. James School, Kolkata.
The entire quiz was divided into 6 interesting rounds testing the children on their familiarity with different aspects of wildlife ranging from identification of bird calls, to identification some species with the help of visual cues, their knowledge about different kinds of fish, insects, trees and much more! Mallika Sarabhai, a noted Kuchipudi dancer, film-maker, writer, a well- known social activist and a Padma Bhushan awardee was the Chief Guest and the Quiz Hostess.
While the participants enthusiastically answered the questions, a keen audience was constantly on the lookout for passes as it helped them earn their green conservation bands with every correct response. Speaking on the success of the quiz, Mita Goswami, Director, Environment Education, WWF- India said, “Wild Wisdom goes beyond memorizing facts and figures about Nature, it is about celebrating the beauty and amazing diversity of our precious planet. We look forward to many more editions of Wild Wisdom and increased participation every year!”
Three teams made it through to win the final prize – a two-day trip to Jim Corbett National Park. The first position was won by L Arnav and A V Lakshmy from Gitanjali Senior Secondary School, Hyderabad. Following them were Jayaditya and Padmanabhan from Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bangalore and Pranat Kashyap and Probit J Kalita from Maharishi Vidyamandir Senior Secondary School, Guwahati. Each of these teams accompanied by their teachers leave for Jim Corbett National Park tomorrow.
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