GUM KARAYA | Sterculia urens
A program by Centre for Wildlife Studies
Wild Shaale (‘Shaale’ means ‘school’ in Kannada) is a unique conservation-education program designed for rural school-going children living around wildlife reserves. It builds foundational knowledge about local wildlife, ecosystems and conservation issues, thereby fostering tolerance for wildlife and nurturing these children as future stewards of conservation. Since 2018, these efforts have created a replicable and locally relevant education program that can be scaled throughout India and across the world. Wild Shaale has touched the lives of almost 21,000 children from more than 400 schools across India, who live next to multiple wildlife reserves.
My contribution to the programme involved creating digital illustrations of local plants. These illustrations were turned into games for the kids to play with and learn from.