Students of Orchids-The International School adopted a young Sloth Bear

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Hamsi from Bannerghatta Zoo

Bengaluru, 17th August 2022:Students of Orchids-The International Schools, students from our Vijayanagar branch have adopted an 11-year-old Sloth bear named Hamsi from the Bannerghatta Zoo. The school has collaborated with Wildlife SOS, one of the largest Wildlife Organisations in South Asia, for this initiative and have recently completed all necessary clearances to adopt the  sloth bear. 

While speaking on the occasion, Ms. Jeeva Rekha, Principal of Orchids – The International School, “We are delighted to share that our branch took this noble initiative of animal adoption in collaboration with Wildlife SOS. The project has been completely driven by the students; from collecting funds to coordinating with the officials.  By working on this project, our students got better knowledge of how wildlife conservation and management relates to environment. We feel ecstatic to see our students inculcating the right values and working towards wild life conservation.”

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OIS students actively participated in a community service event at Bannerghatta Rescue Center. They cleaned the premises, painted the surroundings and planted saplings.

Details of the adopted Sloth bear:

Name: Hamsi

DOB: 11 years

Total Fund collected: INR 50,000

Total Number of Contributors: 125 students and teachers

Duration of collection: 1 month

Branch of OIS school – Vijayanagara


Puja Deb, Senior Mobilization Officer of Wildlife SOS said, “Wildlife Conservation ensures that future generations can enjoy our natural world and the incredible species that live within it. We need young folks like the students of OIS to step forward and be the voice for the voiceless and contribute to the cause in whatever means possible. Wildlife conservation is the need of the hour!”

India has 90% of the World’s Sloth bear population. The sloth bear is listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 which provides for their legal protection. The government of India has banned the use of sloth bears for entertainment under the ‘Sloth Bear Welfare Project’. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are around 6,000-10,000 sloth bears in India.

About Orchids – The International School

Orchids – The International School is one of the leading international K12 school chains in India and started its journey in 2002 with its first branch in Hyderabad. In less than two decades it has grown into 60 branches spread over 10+ major cities-Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Chennai, Kolkata Nagpur, Nasik, Indore, Aurangabad. Modern physical infrastructure, personalized attention and a carefully curated curriculum provide uniformity in all OIS schools. OIS follows CBSE and ICSE curricula infused with international teaching methodologies to provide a strong emphasis on personality development along with academic excellence. Currently, it has over 50000+students and 3000+ teaching and non-teaching staff.

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