The main objective of this Society is to protect the environment from further deterioration and work for the welfare of Animals. Those who are dedicated to save environment for future and have feelings to share earth with animals are welcome to join hand with us. The Executive board and members have been doing awareness programmes, development of technologies and people interaction on various issues of environment and Animal welfare therefore the NGO “Save Environment and Welfare of Animals came in to existence on 20.10. 10. The society succeeded in getting close interaction and involvement of many senior environmentalist and Animal Welfare educationists .:
- Awareness activities: Development of Awareness among local people about importance of Biodiversity and healthy Environment
II Water Sense: Recharging and recycling of water for conservation and to ensure its availability for future generations.
III. Biodiversity assessment: Assessment of Animal Biodiversity in some important habitats. To evaluate current status and recent threats on
- Animal welfare programme: Rescue of snakes and lizards to safer habitats. Save the Frogs, House Sparrow (Gauraiya) and any other animal species
that requires assistance for its survival.
V.Alternatives of Animal use in Education, Research and testing: (i) Assessment of animals killed in dissection, museum specimen
preparation, identification and taxonomy (Education) and drug testing etc. (ii) Development of Alternatives of animal use in Education and research
and testing and training, communication about these tools to teachers, students and education policy planners.
The Save Environment and Welfare of Animals Society sought academic/intellectual help from the following persons / International and National organizations and agencies to achieve the goals and mission in saving the Environment and Welfare of Animals
- Professor K. K. Sharma Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University: Zoology Department, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, 305009, Rajasthan, India.(Advisor SEWA)
- Dr. M.C. Sathyanarayana, Wild Life Biologist ,Chennai
- MGDC: Mahatma Gandhi – Doerenkamp Center for Alternatives to Use of Animals in Life Science Education & Gandhi – Gruber – Doerenkamp Chair For Alternatives in Life Science Education &In Vitro Toxicology. Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli – 620 024, India.
- RSNH: Rajputana Society of Natural History, Kesar Bhawan, 16/747, Plot No. 90, B/d Saraswati Hosp., Ganeshnagar, Pahada, Udaipur, 313001, Rajasthan, India.
- · Digital Frog International, Inc, USA · INTERNICH, UK Save the Frogs. Com International, USA
Save The Frog Day, 28th April, 2012:
Volunteers of Save Environment and Welfare of Animals (SEWA) society have been working with full enthusiasm and dedication to stop decline trend of frog’s population in some extreme habitats in western parts of India. An International event “Save the Frogs” day i.e. 28th April 2012 shall be organized to develop awareness in people of all the age groups. (For Event List Go to Event Page)
On this International Auspicious Occasion SEWA is going to launch some posters and sticker regarding to the Save The Frogs.
Major activities carried out from October 2010 to October 2011 (one year)
25-10-2011: Biodiversity assessment and Awareness Activities at pushkar ghati, central Aravalli region: On 25th October, 2010 awareness programs was organized near Pushkar Ghati – Ajmer by the volunteers of SEWA at certain breeding habitats of endangered reptiles and amphibians. Local people were informed about the importance and role of these amphibians and reptiles in the nature. Local inhabitants were convinced and they promised to save the natures little known heroes.
15-11-2011: Biodiversity conservation, Environment awererness and Water sense programme to students came to visit Rajasthan from Mumbai for academic interest. On 15th November, 2011 a training programme was organized by the volunteers of SEWA at Ajmer for the students of Kirti Dungerse College (Mumbai University) Mumbai visiting Rajasthan about the importance of biodiversity of western India and the impact of climate change and globalization on Biodiversity. Students of Mumbai College had close interactions on various issues of Environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. Students were trained on various methodologies of biodiversity study including the humane methods in Zoology study. They were given live demonstration about how to save gallons of water during distillation in laboratories and some new methods of water recharging and conservation.
10-12-2011: Animal Welfare Activities – Do not kill snakes call us for rescue-snakes are important for Environment: On 10th December, 2010 Friendly with snakes and snake awareness activity was conducted for the villagers of Kayad Road near Kayad Village Ajmer. It is a general observation that whenever people notice presence of Cobra in their vicinity they immediately attempt to kill it. But now when volunteers of SEWA have communicated about the importance of Snakes through media and awareness programmes, people immediately contact SEWA to rescue it. One of the volunteers, who received snake handling training in the DST School of Herpetology (DST Govt. of India), reached the place on Kayad Road locality where people located the Cobra and some people were willing to kill it for fear. SEWA volunteer reached in time handled the snake carefully and rescued it in the forest area near the central Aravalli foot hills, a common habitat of most snakes in this part of Rajasthan. Villagers were informed about the safety measures to be taken for snake bites and importance of snakes in nature and in their agriculture fields. This created good confidence and understanding between the volunteers of the society and local people and they started animal welfare practices with the SEWA.
05-01-2011: Environment Welfare Activities - Environment Awareness among youth: Role of youth in the conservation of Biodiversity: On 5th January, 2011 an Essay competitions was organized for graduates and postgraduate students from the college and University at Ajmer with the title “The role of youth in Biodiversity Conservation” This way many young volunteers joined SEWA to serve the environment and Animal Welfare. This initiated a new era of youth participating in various activities of the save environment and welfare of animals.
October, 2010-January, 2011: Assessment of animals being killed in laboratories for dissection, making museum specimen for taxonomy and animal testing and development of digital alternatives:
After establishment of Society in the month of October, 10, Executives, Members, and volunteers started gathering information about the number of animals being killed in laboratories for dissection, making museum specimen for taxonomy and animal testing from the available primary and secondary databases. The animals are generally taken from the wild by the commercial firms through the animal catchers. This has seriously threatened existence of many animal species because use of animals in education, research and testing is not in small number but it goes lacks per annum. It was found that many species of amphibians (Ex. Hoplobatrachus tigirinus) and reptiles (Ex. Saara hardwikii andVaranus bengalensis) almost vanished from wild because animal suppliers brought these animals from wild. The information gathered was so serious that one of the advisors (Prof. K. K. Sharma) brought these facts to the notice of University Grants Commission New Delhi with the suggestion to use alternatives of Animals used in Education and Research and follow principles of 3Rs ( Reduce, replace and refine animal use).
Development of Digital alternatives for use of Animals in Laboratories in Education and Testing:
The SEWA has developed tools for the replacement of animals use in laboratories (Education and Testing). The digital alternatives have been found to be equally useful in replacing animals in practical exercises. SEWA also organized many awareness programmes for digital alternatives to save large number of animals being used in dissection, taxonomy and animal testing.
12-12-2010 to 11-02-2011: Awareness programme related to digital alternatives of animal use in laboratories through seminars/training programmes / extension activities / digital media
- The Advisor of the Society Dr. K. K. Sharma could initiate following programs related to Environmental safety and Animal Welfare
Developed awareness about the animals which are being used in practical and to suggest students and college lecturers not to use animals in practical and use digital alternatives. These messages were conveyed on behalf of SEWA by Dr. K. K. Sharma (Dec, 12 to Feb, 11) at Udaipur, Aurangabad, Banglore, Bhilwara, Ambo (Ethiopia). Replacement of Animals by digital alternatives is an important objective of the society which SEWA is doing well in collaboration with many National and International Organizations (Department of Zoology, MDS University, Ajmer; MGDC, Bhartidasan University Tiruchirapalli; DGF, Switzerland, Save the Frogs, USA; Digital Frog International Inc, USA, Internich, UK).
22-03-2011: Save the Water Activities: SEWA carried out a big mission to save water through water recycling and recharging techniques. On 22nd March, 2011 on the occasion of world water day. The recycling distillation technique developed by an Indian Scientist (Sharma, 2004) was circulated to not only national but to the international mass through the digital internet media (www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aUwoFn-U1A)). International World Water day.org, UN water portal and Indian water portal have given good coverage to this technique. The volunteers of SEWA through a small documentary developed by Professor K. K. Sharma (www.youtube.Com/watch?v=9aUwoFn-U1A) and pamphlets developed by the SEWA disseminated this technique in many Universities and Colleges so that gallons of water is saved during the process of distillation in Institutions and industries. This we will save gallons of water in the world.
29-04-2011: One day Work Shop on Save the Frogs –Prevent Road accidents and use digital alternatives: A one day seminar-cum-workshop on “Alternatives of Animal Dissection to Replace the Animals in Practical Classes” along with the “Save the Frog Day 29th April, 2011” was celebrated at the Department of Zoology of M.D.S. University, Ajmer in collaboration with MGDC, Bhartidasan University Tiruchirapalli and Save the Frogs, USA. A total of 51 participants comprising of teachers, research scholars and students actively participated in the training program. Prof. M. A. Akbarsha (Director, M.G.D.C.) addressed online on the issues of advancement of zoology teaching by digital tools in education and learning. Prof. K. K. Sharma, Dean-PG Studies, M. D. S. University, emphasized the study of animals in their habitat this concept was coined by Prof. Sharma as “Live Zoology”. An International event “Save the Frogs” day was celebrated on 29thApril, 2011 by the SEWA joining international Community working on saving Frogs on the globe. Save the frogs.com, USA has put the events with photographs on their website. Member of International Advisory committee of the Save the Frogs, Professor K. K. Sharma, delivered a popular lecture on the various threats; Frogs are facing all over the world and how India can help in saving frogs through various ways including replacement of Frogs in education by digital technologies. This message has become a popular message all over the world through the website of Dr. Kerry Krieger Executive Director, Save the Frogs.Com. The web page has appreciated efforts of SEWA and Prof. Sharma in saving Frogs all over the world.
The blog of Save the Frogs day has considered this activity of SEWA as a major Indian contribution to save the frogs of Rajasthan, India and the world. Local and International Media has given proper coverage to this event.
30-04-2011: Environment Awareness Activities among the youth at the Boraj Village (Srinagar – Ajmer): On 30th April, 2011- An essay competition and awareness campaign was organized at the Govt. School Boraj Ajmer. The school was selected as it is situated in the remote area surrounded by habitats of many animal species particularly the Snakes, Lizards, Tortoise and Frogs are facing danger of threats Students from class II to class VIII actively participated in this awareness activity and informed to villagers about the importance of environment and animals living in their vicinity. Took oath with a message to be carry forward to a large mass that they will not kill snake, lizards, Tortoise and Frogs in future.
1-05-2011: Animal welfare Activities- save the frogs from road accidents: Volunteers of SEWA went to the roads nearby the breeding sites of Frogs and other animals with banners in hands to give message to the vehicle drivers to drive their vehicles slow in such areas so that breeding populations can cross the roads and highways without any accident. SEWA has been doing this as a major activity to save animals from road accidents.
Habitat conservation and restoration programme for amphibians: Organized with the help of local people at Sarvan Talab on 1st May, 2011. Awareness was developed among the local people to protect breeding grounds of frogs. On the same day Parinda filled with water were installed at many places to provide drinking water for the birds.
5-5-2011: Environment Awareness Activity – at the grassroots level at Govt. School Boraj: On 5-5-11 a drawing competition was organized at Govt. School Boraj Ajmer on the theme of “Save Environment”. More than 55 students participated and produced excellent banners about the environment safety and love for animals. Prize distribution gave good encouragement among them.
3-05-2011 to 06-05-2011: Awareness about digital alternatives and water conservation to big mass through youtube (Internet): On 3rd May and 6th May two documentaries were released by the Advisor of SEWA on YOUTUBE, one on alternatives of animal dissection and another is recycling distillation technique. Both the documentaries are receiving excellent attention all over the world.
09-05-2011: Animal Welfare Activities – Rescuing Barn owl and Cobra:
On 9th May, 2011, SEWA working site near Ajmer received information about a Barn owl and a Cobra being disturbed by some local people. Volunteers reached at site and of Barn owl that was facing heat shock as disturbed by people from its nesting site. People were first requested not to disturb it as it is an important species for the environment and its population will vanish if these are disturbed continuously this way. The owl went to its nest and people also realized not to disturb this species in future. On the same day SEWA office received a call about a cobra sitting in shade in a house and started hissing on disturbance by the villagers holding sticks in their hand. Volunteers of SEWA first explained the importance of Cobra for the environment ,also explained the first aid treatment after snake bite ( text received from Ujjain Snake Park, Internet information of Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Chennai) after that snake was handled carefully and released in a nearby forest where they inhabit naturally. The information was properly covered by the local print media for others to follow.
11-05-2011: SAVE GORAIYA PROGRAMME IN URBAN AREAS: House sparrow commonly called Goraiya are regularly decreeing from most part of country particularly from the urban areas. Volunteers of SEWA made an assessment for this bird from some big towns namely Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Bhilwara. It was found that due to urbanization and anthropogenic activities, breeding and feeding grounds of this species are decreasing significantly. In order to restitute the habitats of this bird, especially designed earthen pots were placed in and around houses in urban areas. People were made aware about this fact through community counseling etc. also. House sparrows have started making nests in these earthen pots and have laid eggs with emergence of hatchlings. The results of ex situ conservation of this declining species are very encouraging.
29-05-2011: Digital alternatives awareness Work Shop to prevent animal dissection in education: One day workshop on Innovative Techniques as Alternatives for Animal replacement in Zoology Laboratory Exercises was organized on 29th May, 2011 at the RBS College, Agra in collaboration with MGDC. Agra is the hub of extensive poaching of animals for trade; this is a first such program to be conducted in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Chief Gust Prof. R. K. Gautam (Head of the Department of Zoology, B. R. Ambedkhar University, Agra) and Patron of workshop Dr. T. C. Chauhan (Principal, R. B. S. College, Agra) inaugurate the workshop. In inaugural address they emphasized that use of live animals in laboratory has played a major role in loss of Biodiversity. Prof. M. A. Akbarsha (Director, M. G. D. C.) and Prof. K. K. Sharma (Dean-P.G. Studies, M. D. S. University, Ajmer) delivered key note address about the modern improvements of the digital alternative of animal uses in practical classrooms. Technical session started with the lecture of Prof. K. K. Sharma (Advisor – SEWA) on “Innovative techniques as alternatives for animal replacement in Zoology laboratory exercises”. Dr. Neha Sharma gave online demonstrations of various softwares such as Pro Dissector Frog; Digital Frog; Scoliodon – 2.5 and PhysioEx-8.0. Hands-on-training session was supervised by Vivek Sharma and Dr. Jai Bahadur Singh Kachhawa. The event was excellently covered by the digital and press media.
1-6-2011 to 4-6-2011: Biodiversity assessment with particular reference to Thar Desert and Aravallis areas Enthusiastic team of SEWA volunteers prepared a baseline database of faunal biodiversity of MDS University campus and Anasagar wetland for this they survey regularly these important habitats and prepared a checklist for the further impact assessment. In this concern they made survey on various dates of the month June 2011 (1-6-11; 3-6-11 and 4-6-11). Simultaneously they also conserve the certain species such as anuran and reptiles in this concern they make sure the safe rescue of certain poisonous snakes from the urban areas to there natural habitats.
06-06-2011: Environment Awareness amoung youth by Celebration of World Environment day at Balaji T. T. College, Aasanpura, Kuchaman: On the date of 6-6-11 SEWA organized an awareness activity among the students those going to become teachers in near future (B. Ed and B.S.T.C. student). In this concern a poster making competition and an extempore competition were organized. More than 70 students participated and produced excellent posters about the “Role of youth environment conservation and welfare of animals”. Prize distribution gave good encouragement among them. In the poster making competition Sangeeta Kansotiya got first prize while the Indira Meena and Manoj Singh stood second and third. Extempore competition entitled as “Environment and US” in the extempore competition Pappu Lal Jangir got first position and Dharmendra Keswa stood second. The event was excellently covered by Media. After this a short field trip was organized to the Salt lake Didwana for the assessment of the status of Grater Flamingos, the members of SEWA team and the staff of Balaji T. T. College, Aasanpura, Kuchaman made short visit to the salt lake and assessed the population status of Greater Flamingos and other wetland birds.
17-06-2011 to 27-07-2011: Animal Welfare Activities – habitat conservation and restoration of anuran species: The team of SEWA has been doing animal welfare activities regularly and the main focus is concerned on conservation of herpetofaunal species. From 17th June to 27th June 2011 it was observed that due to sudden interruption in monsoon rains many ditches and shallow water bodies drying and the tadpoles emerged in such bodies started dying. Two methods were adopted for saving the tadpoles. First was transferring tadpoles to water bodies with water sufficient for twenty days, time required for their metamorphosis. The second method was to fill these water bodies through water tanks. This way millions of anuran tadpoles were saved from drought. Ex situ conservation strategies were also adopted i.e. rearing tadpoles in earthen pots and then releasing them to proper habitats on metamorphosis.
30-06-2011: Animal Welfare programme – Snake Rescue: On 30th June, 2011 two young saw scaled vipers entered domestic areas nearby Kayad Village colony near Ajmer. The team of SEWA saved these young once from people who wanted to kill these, handled them carefully and released them in the nearby forest.
1-07-2011 to 3-07-2011: Biodiversity Assessment at Sirhoi (Shivganj and Jawai Dam areas): From 1-7-11 to 3-7-11 a joint venture was organized by the SEWA with the Government College Shivganj, Sirohi. In this program Secretary SEWA organized a field survey for the college students and lecturers in which 6 lecturers of government college Shivganj, Sirohi along with some students of college and eight members of SEWA team assessed the faunal diversity of the Shivganj; Jawai Dam; Sirohi and near by areas. The team also conducted awareness programme for the local people about the importance of animals and conservation of biodiversity through posters, banners, and videos etc. During this biodiversity assessment programme certain important species of birds were also documented such as Saras cranes; Crocodile; Black Headed Ibis etc.
14-07-2011: Biodiversity assessment at M. D. S. University Campus along with Night Trip: Team of SEWA organized one day night survey on 14-7-11, for the assessment of certain ecologically important herpetofaunal species. For this purpose SEWA team organized a field survey during the day and night and prepared a document of herpetofauna. This documentation will certainly help in generate the conservation strategies of the endangered species of herpetofuna inhabiting this part of globe.
1-7-2011 to 20-07-2011: Animal Welfare activity – Snake Rescue Program: During the snake rescue program this time five snakes Cobra were safely released to their irrespective habitats from the urban areas, where the people were desperate to kill these snakes. Volunteers of SEWA successfully shifted these snakes to their natural habitats. During this period volunteers also demonstrated importance of these ecologically important species or Natures Little Known Heroes through posters and photo albums. During this period (1-7-11) two blind snakes were also rescued from the village near Taragarh region (Ajmer) and two Smooth Racer snakes were rescued from the Bhunabhay Village area (18-7-11) and one more, blind snake was shifted from Kayad village area (20-7-11) to there natural habitats.
24-07-2011: Biodiversity assessment at Madar Hill Ranges: A team of five volunteers took a mission to identify a rare lizard called Crytodactylus madarensis. The name madarensis has been given for its occurrence from Madar hills near Ajmer. According to local herpetologists this lizard was last observed in the year 2005 and after that there is no sighting of this species. The search of a nearly extinct lizard species in this concern on 24th July,11 was made thoroughly but we couldn’t locate even a single individual. During this survey certain other species such as crested bunting, Crytodactylus scabrum, Hemidactylus brookii etc. were recorded.
17-07-2011 to 18-07-2011: Biodiversity assessment at Devalli, Bisalpur, Tonk region: on 17th and 18th July, 2011 volunteers of SEWA organized a field survey to certain ecologically important wetlands of Devalli – Tonk region in Rajasthan. Team was succeeded to record the presence of certain anurans (Duttaphrynus melenostictus; Duttaphrynus stomaticus; Microhyla ornata etc.) species. Calls of these species were also recorded with video documentation to confirm the species
5.8.11: Animal welfare Activity –watering of drying breeding grounds of amphibians : On 5th August, 2011 during regular biodiversity survey team of SEWA encountered with a nearly drying ditch in which numbers of tadpoles were dying due to lacking of water. Volunteers of SEWA collected the tadpoles in buckets and shifted into a prominent water body so that these could metamorphose. An interesting phenomenon of mass predation of the anuran larvae (tadpoles) by cattle egret was recorded by the team.
21-08-2011 to 25-08-2011: International Recognition to development of digital Alternative of animal use in Laboratories by SEWA: The 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Science was held at Montreal, Canada from August 21-25, 2011. Two senior executive members of SEWA participated in this conference, one oral (Molecular tools can obviate animal killing in biosystematics studies of Anurans) and one poster presentation (Genotoxicity evaluation of molecules possessing antifertility potential: Testing in microorganisms as an alternative to animal testing). This novel international event of animal welfare was attended by about nearly 700 delegates all over the world. In view of excellent contributions of SEWA, WC8 organizing committee sanctioned two travel Fellowship Awards each of 1500 CAN$ for Air Fare and accommodation.
The contribution of SEWA in Biodiversity conservation and animal welfare through digital alternatives received excellent attention in this world congress. After viewing the youtube presentation of digital alternatives of the frog dissection by SEWA (www.youtube.com/watch?v=p75-b1r1egg), many international organizations appreciated this campaign of SEWA for saving many animal species being used in dissection in different parts of world. Executive Director of Digital Frog International Inc, USA and Internich, UK provided digital material and software to SEWA to promote the mission.
07-09-2011: Biodiversity assessment programme at Harsh Parvat and near by areas: A field survey was organized at Harsh Parvat and near by areas on 7-9-11 to assess the biodiversity status and threats to the biodiversity of theses areas a team of ten volunteers join this trip. During this survey members of team were recorded several important faunal species including the Eryx johnii (Red Sand Boa);Chameleo zeylanicus (Indian Chamelion) and Varanus bengalensis (Indian Monitor Lizard); European Roller, Hanuman languor etc. Awareness to local people about the importance of Environment and Biodiversity was arranged using, Banners, Posters and Videos.
10-09-2011 to 11-09-2011: Biodiversity assessment at certain wetlands of Central Aravalli foothills: On 10th and 11th September 2011, field surveys were conducted by the volunteers of SEWA for the assessment of biodiversity and environmental conditions of the certain wetlands of central Aravalli foothills (Anasagar, Foysagar and Chourasiyavas Talab). Team of volunteers assessed the biodiversity of these wetlands and also identified certain recent threats responsible for the depletion of these important wetlands.
17-09-2011: Biodiversity assessment at Central Aravalli foothills: A team of 24 Volunteers on 17th September conducted the assessment of biodiversity and impact of mining for railway tract at the areas of central Aravalli foothills. During the survey certain herpetofaunal species (Hoplobatrachus tigirinus; Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis;Bufo stomaticus; Ophisops jerdonii and Sitana pontecerina etc.) and Avian species (Crested lark, Painted Sand grouse and European Roller) were recorded by the team and a draft of the long term effects of mining and its impact in these ecologically important habitats of the Western India was prepared.
20-09-2011 to 21-09-2011: International Recognition to a new concept of SEWA: Amphibian and Reptilian watch in eco-tourism: A volunteer of SEWA (Mr. Dinesh Meena) presented a paper in the International conference on Peace Environment and Tourismheld at Pokhara Nepal from20-09-2011 to 21-09-2011. An oral presentation entitled “Amphibian Watch: A new sector of Ecotourism and Biodiversity Conservation” was delivered by him. The conference was organized for Building Sustainable Peace through Tourism and Environment. This presentation includes information of new sector identified by the SEWA for the youth empowerment and employment in humane methods with an emphasis on the biodiversity conservation and animal welfare.
25-09-2011: Biodiversity assessment programme at certain urban areas of Ajmer:On the 25th September, 2011 certain urban areas near by Anasagar wetland were assessed for the impact of urbanization on the environment and the natural habitat (Anasagar). During the survey volunteers of SEWA documented various species of birds, lizards, butterflies and spiders. Team also listed out the factors responsible for the depletion of the natural wetland.
27-09-2011 to 29-09-2011: Animal welfare programme – Snake Rescue Program: Two snakes were rescued from the urban areas of Ajmer. One common wolf snake (Lycodon aulicus) was handled carefully from an Educational Institution on Kayad Road, Ajmer and released to its natural habitat. And On 29th September, 2911 one black cobra (Naja naja) was rescued from the Saraswati Nagar, Ajmer area to a nearby forest.
1-10-2011 to 07-10-2011: Awareness programme for college and university students about importance of biodiversity and wildlife conservation as “Wildlife Week Celebration”: From 1st to 7th October, 2011 society celebrateed the wildlife week. During the week certain field surveys were organized for the students in which the various ecologically important habitats and certain wild life areas such are Gagwana; Ardaka; Narwar; Chachiywas; Bhawanikeda and Makadwali areas of Ajmer District were visited. Certain wetlands were also visited during this week namely Anasagar, Foysagar and Sarwan Sagar. Volunteers also presented nukkad nataks (informal drama at thecorner of a village/town) to aware the local peoples about the snakes, lizards and myths related to these animals.
07-10-2011: Environment Awareness programme – Exhibition cum Poster Competition: The society successfully organized one day Exhibition cum poster competition on the occasion of closing of Wildlife week – 2011 (7th October, 2011) at the Zoology Department, M. D. S. University Campus. Total 65 from different teaching Departments participated. Dr. Dinesh Kumar (Join Commisionar Kendriya Vidhyalya Sangathan) inaugurated this venture and selected the best posters. During the exhibition several students, teachers and local residential visited and were very happy to see some unseen seen of Biodiversity around them. Five best posters were selected for the Wild Life Week’s poster Award.
10-10-2011: Biodiversity Assessment at Sarwan Sagar Talab (Wet land): On 10th October, 2011 a field survey was organized for the students for making them familiar with various avian faunal species which is coming in only for winter (Winter Migratory). Students and volunteers were assessed the biodiversity of that region and identified certain threats being faced by these ecologically important species. Volunteers advised the local people for washing their cloths with soap and detergents in the talab and told them about the harmful effects of these chemicals on aquatic fauna.
11-10-2011: Animal welfare – Varanus and Snake Rescue: On11th October, 2011 one Varanus bengalensis (Monitor Lizard) and one Naja naja (Black Cobra) was rescued from the urban areas and new volunteerswho joined SEWA recently were given demonstration how to safely handle lizards and snakes. Local people who wanted to kill both Cobra and Lizard were given understanding why these animals enter human vicinity and do not cause any harm unless disturbed or attacked. They were also informed about the importance of these species in the Nature.
Environment Awareness camp: An environment awareness camp for school children was organized at Vivekananda senior secondary school Deedwana (Nagaur) Rajasthan on 9-11-2011. The school was selected as it was situated in the remote area surrounded by habitats of many animal species facing danger of extinction. There was an interactive session between the volunteers of SEWA (Ms.Shikha Mathur and Mr.Vivek Sharma) students and teachers. During the interactive session all the participants put their views on various threats that the animals are facing from the human beings. A drawing competition on the theme save animals was also organized at for class 11th and 12 th students. All the students produced excellent paintings.
Workshop shop on Digital alternatives for animal replacement in Zoology Laboratory: As per the new guide lines of UGC The use of live animals for dissection in Zoology laboratory has been banned. A one day workshop on use of digital alternatives in zoology practical class room was organized at Government girls college, Dausa (RAJASTHAN) on 13.11.2011 under the technical venture of SEWA. Dr. S. K. Dhawan (Head, Department of Zoology, Government girls college, Dausa) and Prof. K.K. Sharma (Dean-P.G. Studies, M.D. S. University, Ajmer) inaugurated the workshop. During the inaugural lecture Dr .S.K. Dhawan emphasized that use of live animals in laboratory has played a major role in loss of Biodiversity. Prof. K.K. Sharma delivered key note address about the modern improvements of the digital alternative of animal uses in practical classrooms and how to study Animals in nature – Live zoology. Technical session started with the lecture of Prof. K. K. Sharma (Advisor – SEWA) on “Innovative techniques as alternatives for animal replacement in Zoology laboratory exercises”. Prof. K. K. Sharma gave online demonstrations of various softwares such as Pro-Dissector Frog; Digital Frog; Scoliodon–2.5 and PhysioEx-8.0. Hands-on-training session was supervised by Mr. Vivek Sharma (Secretary, SEWA) and Dr. Jai Bahdur Singh Kachhwa (Advisor – SEWA). The event was excellently covered by the digital and press media.
International Workshop / Seminars / Webinars: An international webinar for teachers and academicians was organized by Dr. Kerry Krieger Executive director of “Save The Frogs” organization USA on 18.11.11. There were six speakers From Australia, Nepal, USA, India, Bangladesh and China. Advisor of SEWA Prof. K. K. Sharma was among the invited speakers from India. All the teachers showed great concern about the decline of the frog population and various measures that can be taken for their protection.
Training programme on Environmental regulations and legislations: A three day (1.12.11 to 3.12.11) training programme on “Environment regulations and legislations” was organized by SEWA at M.D.S. university Ajmer. Participants from all over the India came in this training programme to learn about various aspects of International and national Environmental laws Dr. M.C. Satyanaryana, (Associate professor (Rtd) wildlife institute of India) and Professor K. K. Sharma (Dean-P.G. Studies, M. D. S. University, Ajmer) were the invited speakers. Technical sessions constituted various lectures on environmental laws, biodiversity laws, international and national standards of environmental assessment. Students were taken to the field trip where they got am hand on experience on various scientific methods that are employed to study biodiversity, climate and ecosystem of a habitat.
Welfare activities for the protection of animals:
(1) To provide safe shelter for stray puppies in severe winter voluntaries of SEWA builted a shelter for puppies in a near by park at Jaipur on 12.1.11. An awareness camp was also conducted at the park. People were made aware that we should love animals through talks.
(2) Birds injured by threads or injured due to flying on the occasion of the Kite flying festival (14.1.11) were rescued by the volunteers of SEWA. An awareness camp was also conducted. Local people were made aware how birds are killed or are injured when their wings are entangled in threads that are used during Kite flying. How thousands of birds are killed during kite flying were shown with the help of documentary.
Environment awareness camp for school children:
(1) In order to impart the message of “Save Environment – Save Earth” an environment awareness camp was organized at Raghukul senior secondary school Deedwana, Nagaur, Rajasthan on 2.2.12. Ms. Shikha Mathur (Vice president), Mr.Vivek Sharma (Secretary) and Dr. Yashodhara Sharma were invited speakers. Speakers discussed about various factors that are causing environment pollution and how we can reduce environment pollution. A drawing competition was also organized for the students of class IV to VI on the topic “Environment Conservation“. More than 100 students participated and produced excellent banners about environment safety and love for animals.
(2) An environment awareness camp was organized on 3.2.12 at Montessori senior secondary school Deedwana Rajasthan. Ms. Shikha Mathur (Vice president), Mr.Vivek Sharma (Secretary) and Dr.Yashodhara Sharma were invited speakers. The school was selected as it is situated in the remote area surrounded by habitats of many animal species facing danger of threats and extinction. There was an interactive session between Speakers, teachers and students. All the participants showed great concern about loss of animal species that are facing threat of extinction. All the teachers and students took oath to save animals . Students and teachers were training on small methods that they can use for saving the animals. A drawing competition for the students of class V to VII was organized on the theme Save animals and Save Environment was also organized. More than 60 students participated and produced excellent banners about environment safety and love for animals.
(3) In order to make students aware about global warming and climate change An environment awareness camp was organized at Government senior secondary school Deedwana, Nagaur, Rajasthan on 3.3.12. Students and teachers of class IX-XII participated in this event. Students were made aware about global warming and its impact on climate change through short talks documentaries and various scientific models by the volunteers of SEWA. There was an interactive session between the school teachers speakers and the students in which students and teachers put their views on we can use different methods in our day to day life to reduce global warming. A drawing competition was organized for the students of class IX-XII on the theme green house effect and Global warming. More than 200 students participated and produced excellent banners for environment safety.
(4) In order to spread the message of save environment and environment awareness camp was organized at Government senior secondary school Deedwana, Nagaur, Rajasthan on 6.3.12. Students and teachers of class IV-VII participated in this event. Students were made aware about environment pollution through short talks documentaries and various scientific models by the volunteers of SEWA. An essay competition was organized for the students of class V-VIII on the theme Save environment. More than 200 students participated and and produced excellent drawings.
Environment awareness activities for school children:
(1) In order to spread the message of Save environment and Save the frog an environment awareness camp was organized at The Government School, Deedwana, Rajasthan on 27.4.12. Students and teachers of class LKG-VII participated in this event. This school is situated in the remote areas where there are breeding grounds of frogs. Students were made aware about environment pollution and how the population of frogs are declining because of environment pollution through short talks, documentaries and various scientific models by the volunteers of SEWA. Frog race was organized for the students of LKG-II class. A drawing competition was organized for the students of class V-VIII on the theme Save environment. More than 200 students participated and shared their views. Students and teachers were taken on the field visit in the near by areas where there are breeding grounds of frogs. Students also developed awareness among local people.
(2) Save The Frog is an international event which is celebrated all over the globe on 28.4.11. In India it was celebrated in joint venture of SEWA and Save the for organization USA. An awareness camp was organized at Government senior secondary school Nimod, Nagaur, Rajasthan. Different activities like frog race, Quiz competition, drawing completion on the theme save the frogs were organized. In order to spread the message of Save the Frogs A rally of students with banners in hand was organized. More than 300 students along with their teachers participated in this event. All the participants of the rally were distributed T-Shirts having the message save the frogs.
(3) Celebration of save the frogs at M.D.S University Campus Ajmer.
Animal Welfare Activities:
The team of SEWA is doing welfare activities from. They organize a camp from 8.6.11-11.6.11 to save the (Frogs) anurans and their breeding grounds. Ponds and ditches that were the breeding grounds of frogs were refill with waters. Frog and froglets were transferred from the ponds or ditches that were at the verge of drying to the prominent ponds filled with water for the successful completion of their larval lifespan. Eggs of the frogs were reared in laboratory until the young frogs were hatched .After hatching they were released to their respective habitats.
Local Awareness Activities:
On 28.4.11 Volunteers of SEWA went to the roads nearby the breeding sites of frogs with banners in hands to spread the message of slow driving among people so that animals can cross the roads. SEWA shall do this as a major activity in order to save animals from road accidents.
World Environment Day:
On the eve of world environment Day (6.6.11) SEWA organized an one day seminar entiled Environmental pollution and its impact on migratory birds at St.Joseph school Ajmer. Students of class X-XII participated in this seminar. Seminar was inaugurated by the Principle of the school Mr.Satish Bapist. During the inaugural address Mr.Satish gave lecture on Environmental pollution and climate change. Mr.Umesh Dutt delivered lecture on Imapct of habitat loss and its effect on herpetofaunal population and the habitat loss. Mr.Vivek Sharma shared views on decrease in the population of migratory birds at anasagar lake Students were taken on the fields visit where Mr.Dinesh Meena and Mr.Diwaker joshi shared information about various types of butterflies insects and their habitat. How these butterflies and insects are facing threat to extinction because of Environment pollution and human invasion.
Field Survey at Anasagar wetland: Enthusiastic team of SEWA volunteers had prepared a baseline database of faunal biodiversity of Anasagar wetland .For this purpose regular surveys were being conducted of these important habitats and a checklist has been prepared for the further impact assessment. Survey was conducted dates of the month June 2012 (1-6-12; 3-6-12 and 4-6-12) for counting the population of migratory birds like Flamingo,cranes ,Black headed Ibis etc.
Snake Rescue and Local awareness activity
Two young saw scaled vipers were rescued from the urban domestic areas of Ajmer on 13.7.12. The team of SEWA caught them from the urban areas where the people are willing to kill them and rehabilitated into their natural habitats of Central Aravalli regions. Sewa is educating about snakes and snake bites through one day workshop