Union Government has released a commemorative postage stamp to mark the Centenary year of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).
The postage stamp was released by Union Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the presence of Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.
They also released publications of ZSI- the Centenary Souvenir, Centenary Directory and A Glorious 100.
About Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)
- ZSI is the apex institution on animal (fauna) taxonomy in India.
- Established: 1 July 1916.
- Objective: To promote the survey, exploration, research and documentation on various aspects of animal taxonomy in the Indian subcontinent. It also seeks advancement of knowledge on animal taxonomy.
- Headquarter: Kolkata. It also has 16 regional centres located in different parts of the country.
- Functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). It activities are coordinated by the Conservation and Survey Division of MoEFCC.
- It has been declared as the designated repository for the National Zoological Collection as per section 39 of the National Biodiversity Act, 2002
- Activities Undertaken: Study of the fauna of states, of conservation areas, of important ecosystems.
- It also undertakes status survey of endangered species, fauna of India and ecological Studies & Environmental impact assessments.
- ZSI publishes Red Data Book on Indian Animals. It was first published in 1983 and is similar to Red Data Book published by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).