Kashmir's Aliya Mir gets Wildlife Conservation Award

Story by  ANI | Posted by  Aasha Khosa • 11 Months ago
Aliya Mir caching a venomous snake
Aliya Mir caching a venomous snake

 

Srinagar

Aliya Mir has been honoured with the wildlife conservation award by Jammu and Kashmir, becoming the first woman in the Union Territory for her conservation efforts in the region.

Aliya Mir is also Kashmir's first woman who works for the charity Wildlife SOS organisation which is part of the Wildlife Rescue Team.

Lt. Manoj Sinha facilitated her with the wildlife honour. The eminent sociologist Aliya Mir was awarded at the World Forestry Day celebrations organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Collective Forests.

After being honoured, Aliya said that she was feeling very happy to receive this honour.

"I am thrilled to have been selected for this honour."  I am thankful to all the people who trusted me every step of the way and helped me get to this point," Aliya said.

Aliya was awarded the award for her achievements in all aspects of wildlife conservation including bear rescue in Kashmir, rescue and release of wild animals, injured animal care, and wildlife.

Aliya Mir is Kashmir's first woman wildlife rescuer who is performing her duties as Head of an Education System in the Wildlife SOS Program.

Aliya has rescued many wild animals, including birds, Asiatic black bears, and Himalayan brown bears, but is best known for catching snakes.  She rescued snakes from corridors, cars, lawns, gardens, and bus rooms in offices and other establishments and released them back into the wild.

Aliya grabbed the headlines for an hour-long when she led the Wildlife SOS team to hunt down a Levantine viper, a venomous snake, from the then chief minister's regional residence.

According to this, the Viper snake weighed about 2 kg and it is the largest animal biting in a group of wild animals.

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Similarly, the video of Aliya rescuing a snake trapped in a scooter in Jahangir Chowk has also gone viral on social media.