Conservation of fauna and flora being more important than ever before, OSAI organised its 8th annual photographic exhibition 'UYIR NIZHAL 2010' on the fauna and flora of the Western Ghats in VOC park, Coimbatore from October 9th to 18th, 2010 as a part of the World Wildlife Week Celebration.
The event was inaugurated by Mr.A.S. Balanathan, I.F.S, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Tamilnadu Forest Department; the Coimbatore District Collector Dr. P. Umanath, I.A.S, presided over the function; Dr. Ravi Chellam, Country Director, WCS-India Program, delivered the keynote address. Mr.S.S. Venkatesan, President, Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis felicitated the event.
Photographs on the various varieties of fauna and flora, taken by some prominent photographers, members, non-members, first-timers and individuals were displayed. Also, photographs taken by young students were on display to encourage and nurture young nature lovers and conservationists.
The photographs were sectioned into different categories for the ease of viewing and understanding for the public. Insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals.
Special gallery for tigers was put up which not only displayed their majestic photographs but also important facts about their birth, territory, hunting, parental care, habits and challenges they face. This helped the public to understand their lifestyle.