Siliguri: After a successful launch in north Bengal, the Bonyopran Sathi Scheme, aimed at education on wildlife through jungle-camping-cum-safari, has been launched for south Bengal. The scheme was launched on November 25 at Gorumara in Jalpaiguri district.
It was launched on December 4 with the selection of ten people for the first safari in the Sunderbans. They will be camping in groups with forest rangers to get a first-hand account of how animals are dealt with and their habits, and how guarding of forests is carried out.
The participants will also learn about human-animal conflicts and how to prevent them.
According to a senior official of the Forest Department, which is conducting these trips, 124 people had submitted applications for participating, out of which 47 were shortlisted. From these, in the first batches, 13 have been selected for north Bengal and 10 for south Bengal. The rest will be accommodated in successive batches.