Protectors of peacock, jumbo

Centre for Ecological Movement volunteers at Rajhat, in Hooghly, where they work to save the peacock Wildlife can be preserved only if people living close by are encouraged to lend a helping hand. Guided by this motto, the city-based Centre for Ecological Movement (CEMO), a consortium of NGOs and NGIs (non government individuals), has been working with villagers of Bankura and Hooghly to save elephants and peacocks. "Our objective is to fight poaching and preserve endangered species and their habitat by extending financial assistance to the local people and helping them manage their resources better,' said Purnima Dutta, the secretary of the centre, which had recently organised a two-day camp on the Army Territorial Ground to spread awareness about the environment. More than 20 schools participated in the "eco-jamboree', which included extempore speeches and skit contests on nature. The centre, with 50 registered members