FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Jan 4: The Pakke Paga Festival at Seijosa in East Kameng district, the only wildlife conservation based festival of the state, will be celebrated from January 16 to 18 next.
Pakke Paga festival is an annual festival celebrating the efforts put by local communities residing around the Pakke-meri Tiger landscape encompassing both the state of Aruchal and Assam led by the Nyishi communities of Seijosa. Chief Minister Pema Khandu has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for celebration of the festival, the festival organizing committee informed in a release here today.
The conservation efforts of Pakke Tiger Reserve’s magement along with support from local Nyishi community around Pakke Tiger Reserve in East Kameng district has resulted in Pakke becoming known as a safe haven for Hornbills and other wildlife.
The locals with help of Wildlife department have not only banned hunting of hornbills but are also protecting their nest in the Reserve forest outside the wildlife sanctuary. Because of such commitments, Pakke Tiger Reserve has become one of the best park in the country to see and study these birds. Hornbills being “farmers” of Pakke Tiger Reserve, has also significant cultural values to locals, so was agreed upon as mascot to represent wild denizens’ of Pakke Tiger Reserve to spread the message for their protection and conservation. Of the five species of Hornbill that found in Aruchal Pradesh, the Pakke Tiger Reserve has four species of hornbill that are Great Indian hornbill, wreathed Hornbill, Oriental pied Hornbill and rufous neck hornbill, the release added.