Jammu & Kashmir honours first female in UT ‘Alia Mir’ with wildlife conservation award

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Kyle Smith

Jammu and Kashmir have awarded Alia Mir the wildlife conservation award, after which she became the first woman in the Union Territory ever to receive the honour for conservation efforts in the region. Alia Mir is also the first woman from Kashmir who has been working for the charity Wildlife SOS organization, a part of the Wildlife Rescue Team.

Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, has facilitated her with the wildlife honour. The renowned sociologist Alia Mir was honoured with the award at the World Forestry Day celebrations hosted by the J & K Collective Forests.

After being honoured with the award, Alia Mir said she felt delighted and thrilled to be selected for such a prestigious honour. She thanked everyone who trusted her every step of the way and helped her get to this point in life.

The award was given to Alia Mir for her achievements in all spheres of wildlife conservation which also included rescuing a bear in Kashmir along with the rescue and release of wild animals and taking care of injured animals and wildlife.

Mir is a wildlife rescuer and the first woman wildlife rescuer performing her duties as the head of the Education System in the Wildlife SOS Program.

Notably, she has rescued several wild animals, such as Asiatic black bears, birds and Himalayan brown bears but is best known for catching snakes around J & K. Alia has rescued snakes from cars, corridors, gardens, lawns and bus rooms in offices and many other establishments and released them back in the forest.

The wildlife rescuer grabbed the headlines when she led the Wildlife SOS team to hunt a venomous snake – a Levantine viper, from the then-chief minister’s regional residence. As per the reports, the snake weighed around 2 kg and was the largest animal biting in the wild animals’ group.


Kyle Smith

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