The expo featured photographs of Shivamogga’s Kodachadri Hill Range, Natural Art of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Kailash Manasarovar in China, Yana in Sirsi taluk, Pandavapura’s Kunti Betta, Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, Mullayanagiri Hill in Chikmagalur, Elephant Census, Narayanadurga in K.R. Pet taluk, Sri Ranganathaswamy Hill in Holenarasipura taluk, Karivaradarajaswamy Hill in Chamarajanagar, Madhugiri and Shivaganga Hills in Tumakuru, Dudhsagar in Goa and many other expedition, adventure and trekking spots captured by YHAI members M.B. Parashivamurthy, S. Shyamasundar, Santosh, M. Sahana, Dr. M.V. Rama, Anish Kumar, Prasad, Shubhakar, Nanjaiah, Ashitkumar, M.V. Anand, Shekar, K. Raghavendra and others.
Mysuru: Former Conservator of Forests H.C. Kantharaju said that the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) is focussing more on wildlife, than human beings.
He was speaking after inaugurating the 30th anniversary celebration of YHAI, Gangothri Unit at Sarada Vilas Centenary Hall in Krishnamurthypuram here yesterday.
Recalling his association with YHAI, Gangothri Unit, Kantharaju said that a YHAI team led by Manish Kumar and Chandrashekar would frequently come to Bandipur for trekking when he was serving as the Deputy Conservator of Forests there. The team used to stay in the forests for about three days, watching the activities and movements of animals, he said and added that the spots where YHAI team stayed has been made into permanent camps.
Continuing, Kantharaju said that the Forest Department had engaged YHAI in carrying out Tiger and Elephant census in Forests.
Recounting that YHAI used to bring students to the forests in an effort to educate them on nature and wildlife conservation, he cited an instance where the YHAI had helped a lot in filling water tanks when almost all water bodies in the forests ran dry and the animals were left with no water to drink.
Pointing out that YHAI has been serving the society by organising health check-up camps for Tribals and Forest Department staff and launching many other such initiatives, Kantharaju said that now that he has retired from service, he can join hands with YHAI for extending its services.
Earlier, Star of Mysore Editor-in-Chief K.B. Ganapathy inaugurated a Special Photography Exhibition, organised as part of the event.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the exhibition features rare and exciting photographs taken by YHAI members during expeditions and trekking in forests and other spots, which are not only marvellous but also special in respect of clarity and their background. It is delightful to note that the Gangothri Unit of YHAI is celebrating its 30th anniversary, he added.
K.B. Ganapathy was felicitated on the occasion. YHAI members and children presented a cultural programme which delighted the audience.