Trip Details

Today when wildlife habitats are under severe pressure and a large number of species of wild fauna have become endangered, the zoos not only sustain their own populations but also augment the depleting populations of endangered species in the wild. As zoos are visited by a large number of visitors, zoos are used as a platform for educating people about the protection of habitat, ecosystems forests and maintaining the life supporting processes of nature. Well planned and appropriately designed zoos can sensitise visitors to the dangers of a hostile or indifferent attitude towards nature. The first and foremost purpose for developing a zoo education plan is to inspire zoo visitors’ awareness for the need of conservation of wildlife and maintaining the ecological balance.

Zoos are a valuable educational and cultural resource. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience and learn about wildlife at first hand while entering into a zoo. This project aims to promote knowledge and understanding of the wild world through the medium of zoos. Attractive and effective signage to explain activities of various species, printed educational material and audio-visual devices are proven methods for conveying conservation messages to the visitors.

While Rajasthan is most commonly known for its desert and beautiful palaces, not too far from Udaipur lies a biological park, preserving a natural and sustainable environment for many endangered species.

Our Zoo for Education on Wildlife & Habitat Preservation program is for you to work directly in the Biological Park with the Park Veterinary Doctor forest rangers and staff. Your work will contribute towards improvement in wildlife data collection and research, promotion of environmental and animal friendly practices for the local villagers and tourists, as well as basic care for wild and rescued animals. The program may be particularly appealing for anyone with an interest in wildlife protection or simply with a desire to spend some time working in a peaceful natural environment, while helping to preserve an area that is home to many animals in need of exceptional protection.

Aims & Objectives

  • The mission site is a biological park at with a large natural enclosure and theme based designs. It will emphasise on conservation of endangered species and native regional species of the Aravalli ecosystem providing equal importance to large and small organisms along with planned zoo education set up to all sections and human resource management to encourage future development.
  • Developing physically, genetically and behaviourally viable populations of important wild animals of the Aravalli ecosystem in their natural surroundings.
  • Display of selected wild animals of the ecosystem existing in the other parts of the state i.e., the desert and wetland ecosystem, which can be kept in climatic conditions in this part of the state by creating natural surroundings.
    Providing good housing conditions to wild animals presently inhabiting in the park.
  • Rescuing and rehabilitating the wild birds and animal population after providing necessary support to ensure their survival in their natural habitat.
  • Facilitating research on techniques for breeding endangered and vulnerable local species for restocking/reintroduction in accordance with conservation breeding program.
  • Providing opportunity for conducting scientific studies on the wild animal’s biology, ecology, ethology, etc. so as to facilitate the scientific management of the zoo and conservation of wildlife.
  • Imparting nature education and raising awareness among the local people, students and visitors about wildlife conservation.

 

Trip Itinerary

You will get an opportunity to work on several options mentioned below depending on the length of your stay, and the ongoing activities at the zoo are as per the priority of The Biological Parks’ Working plan and seasonal implications. You will be able to add on to any specific body of work that will be carried forward by following previous participants.

1. Feeding: The  animals and reptiles. Bathing could also be included. Feeding, replenishment of water and regularly cleaning the enclosures will be a day to day activity. Feeding or food preparation is a vital task. The vegetarian food preparation starts at 09:00 and at 16:00 for the carnivores. This function entails preparing nutritious mixtures and addition of supplements, cutting of fruit and vegetables, thawing and portioning of meat. There is a strict protocol of hygiene in the preparation of food.

Feeding infant orphan animals is done very carefully and not on regular basis. However, once the infant animals are brought into the sanctuary they are kept for some days in order to take care of them and to grow in a well preserved environment. Therefore, sometimes only one rescued infant animal may be available for care for days.

2. Cleaning of enclosure and surrounding: Cleaning these enclosures is also an activity of every alternate day. Cleaning process contains taking out the animal dung, taking foliage and leftover food out, and to take out any other unwanted materials from the enclosures. Cleaning of enclosures is a challenging work and will only be done under the supervision of the guards; it involves cleaning the leftover waste from pit and bird coop cleaning is also an activity for you.

3. Analysing visitor behaviour will be done under the signage utility, maximum and minimum time spent at enclosure, trend study in terms of demographics, safety and vulnerability checks, risk analysis and educational material.

4. Medical treatment for injured animals and other animals in general: This is not a regular work task available in the sanctuary but this is required whenever any rescue is made or any other animal requires special care and attention. This is a time consuming activity, participating in caring for injured animals is a very rewarding opportunity.

Sometimes, medical treatments are required for other animals too, you can assist the in-house vet under the supervision of the zoo keepers.

6. Functions with Flora and Fauna in the Park like hedge cutting, weeding, pruning, tapering, topping and watering. During monsoon season, the botanical and medicinal plants are planted in the sanctuary. After plantation, all plants needs to be tagged with their scientific names in English and Hindi to provide educative awareness for visitors of the sanctuary.

8. Recording behavioural patterns of animals as per season. Dominant and co dominant males/females, feeding hierarchy, grouping systems, aggressive behaviour, time of eating, walking, resting and sleeping and time of mating and littering.

9. A visual history of the animals with the use of cameras, recorded and stored for building a pictorial database that could serve as another form of information maintained in the Zoo.

11. Study biodiversity: One can collect data about different species in the ecosystem and living organisms in order to understand and study their natural habitat. This helps to update the sanctuary records. Additionally studying biodiversity is a most effective way to know and demonstrate about the intricacies of living ecosystems and use them for educational purposes.

12. Refilling water: There are man made water holes in order to provide water for animals to quench their thirst. These holes are made at animal’s enclosure.

13. Redesigning: You will get a chance to upgrade enclosures using natural and man made additions and adding to the aesthetic and functional value of the enclosures.

14. Educational programs: Awareness programs, sign boards preparation and maintenance, exhibitions, assistance in lectures for school groups, posting tree tags as sanctuary provides an opportunity for school groups to conduct educational programs on wildlife and arrange a display of information using photograph galleries, lectures and with handouts.

You can contribute to local human settlements and other communities in Joint Forest Management by Construction of basic sanitation and hygiene facilities, medical health awareness and immunisation camps.

18) Contribute in Fencing of areas and building of Boundary Marking Structures. This will be done in accordance with priority areas designated by the authorities in the Biological Park.

Trip Accommodation

The Royal city of Udaipur located in the state of Rajasthan is commonly called the Venice of the East and nicknamed ‘the city of lakes’ is located in the princely state of Rajasthan. Primarily known for its art and architecture, it has temples dating as far back as 950 AD and palaces dating back to the Rajput era. Fans of The Jungle Book and James Bond films may recognize Udaipur as the birthplace of Bagheera and the location for the Roger Moore starrer Octopussy. Drawing several million tourists a year, it has loads to offer in terms of art, architecture, culture and cuisine. With all of this and more, Udaipur is one of the cities everyone should visit at least once in their lives.

Accommodation & Food

There is a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Rooms are shared on a single gender basis 4-8 people per room. There is an option to reserve a private room, this is subject to availability, and must be requested before booking at an additional cost.

 

Food Arrangements
The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.There is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Facilities
Our house is located five kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
Jaisalmer, a gigantic sandcastle that remains inhabited and has mesmerized people from all over the world. With ninety nine bastions, the castle encircles shops, a palace and more.

Pushkar, a Hindu pilgrimage town that is set around a holy late and home to one of the few Brahma temples, over fifty bathing ghats and over 400 temples. The main street is a long bazaar, where you can find any souvenir you can think of to bring back home.

Jodhpur, dubbed “The Blue City” for its blue-tinted edifices, Jodhpur is considered an architectural masterpiece due to its ever-photogenic streets and Mehrangarh, a magnificent fort that towers over the town.

Jaipur, a colourful and flamboyant city made famous by the Hawa Mahal, a pink-toned building that towers over the main bazaar and was historically built for royal women to be able to see festivals without being on the streets.

Ajmer, famous for its Islamic heritage and for containing one of India’s most important Muslim pilgrimage centres. In Ajmer, you’ll be able to find examples of Muslim architecture such as the Jain golden temples.

Trip Country Info

India

Capital: New Delhi
Language: Hindi, English and 22 other officially recognized languages
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

India is known for its pyramid-like temples, its colorful streets and it’s crowded cities. This country represents one of the most vivid and the largest cultures in the world. From the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra to the coast where Ayurveda medicine was born, India offers a 360 degree journey through the most magical of lands. Known for being the second most populated country in the world, India will show you the faces of thousands of Hindu gods in its very vast collection of temples all throughout the country. The land of colors and smiles is ready to take you on your next adventure whether road tripping or helping out in local communities, this sub-continent will amaze your senses. India will shift the way you see the world.

India’s literacy rate is around 60% for women and 80% for men. The principal language is Hindi and English is also commonly used in all major cities. New Delhi, the capital of India, is what many would call the real deal when travelling through the country. It is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the whole world with up to 25 million citizens. New Delhi is known for its amazing cuisine and its new modality of “street food”, which means restaurants with every specialty you can imagine are available to you all throughout the city! Chennai is another of the biggest cities in India, known as the “Detroit of India” for its automobile industry. If you are looking for a quieter spot Kerala is the centre of lifestyle, art, architecture, language and literature in all of the country!

Gap year travel to India is enjoyed in a country with wonderful history that dates back several thousand years. In particular, one of the most incredible historical points of India is how four separate world religions originated here – Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. Beyond this, however, India has only truly been independent as a nation since 1947, just a couple years after World War 2 concluded.

In that time, India has grown to be the eleventh largest economy in the world as well as the second most populous nation, second only to China. This isn’t particularly surprising when you consider that India has been an economic powerhouse for trade routes in the past, but it is very impressive to consider that India has almost reached the status of superpower over the course of 66 years.

The geography of India has been a target for nature lovers for many years but is finally becoming an easy place to visit and explore for foreign tourists. With the Himalayas to the north, the desert in the centre and the luxurious beaches to the west, India has a type of climate that suits the desires of just about anyone. Even if you have a soft spot for snow, you can easily embrace that love by visiting some of the northern mountains which are nearly always capped in snow and ice!

With thousands of years of history and an incredibly diverse climate, India is not a place you can simply read about and understand. You have to visit and immerse yourself within the various Indian cultures before you get an idea of just how amazing India really is. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch now to find out more about our amazing gap year holidays in India or browse the latest experiences below;

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

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What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa