Department of Forests & Wildlife Preservation, Punjab

 Wildlife Preservation in Punjab: An Introduction

Wildlife is an important component of our environment. The Wildlife Preservation Wing, Punjab is responsible for the protection, conservation and management of wildlife both in nature as well as in captivity. The protection works include detection of wildlife offences and their prosecution in the courts and enforcement of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The wildlife conservation and management activities involve rehabilitation of various species of wildlife to their natural habitat, management of Zoos and Mini Zoos (Deer Parks), protection of rare and threatened species of birds and animals alonwith management and development of protected areas in the state. Black Buck (Antilope Cervicapra) locally called Kala Hiran, is the State Animal. Baz (Eastern Goshawk), the State Bird and Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo), the State Tree. The Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 as well as the rules framed thereunder are effectively implemented in the state. The Wing also creates awareness about wildlife conservation through electronic media by publishing and distribution of literature, posters etc on wildlife, arranging visits to zoos and deer parks for the children and holding quiz competitions on wildlife etc. Awareness about forests and wildlife conservation is spread amongst people during celebrations on Van Mahotsava, Wildlife Week, International Wet land day and other important days through TV and All India Radio. The Wing also encourages various research institutions to carry out research on wildlife found in nature as well as in captivity. The cases of poaching and illegal trade of wildlife in the state are handled by Divisional Forest Officers (territorial) and staff of forests and Wildlife wing under them. A number of trainings for frontline staff of the forests and wildlife department are arranged in Forest Training School, Hoshiarpur.

The State Animal, State Bird and State Tree were notified in the year 1989. The relevant notifications can be accessed from this link.
  Wildlife introduction State animal bird tree notifications


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