KalingaTimes Correspondent Bhubaneswar, Oct 8: It was virtually a day of the elephants at the Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of the city when the zoo authorities celebrated Elephant Day in the presence of hundreds of school children on Sunday. The elephants were decorated with the specially designed appliqué apparel from Pipili. It was a unique sight when the proud mahouts were seen with their pets at their best. A big hoarding depicting "Elephant Day" was fixed at the Sambar Square of the zoo. The elephants received a special treat of coconut and banana by Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Suresh Chandra Mohanty. The mahouts were also felicitated by Mohanty. The prime attraction of the ceremony was the three month old orphaned elephant calf that was brought the zoo recently after it was injured in a train accident in Barbil area of Keonjhar district. The school children were found quite busy in choosing the name for the calf elephant. Finally, a Class IX student named the calf elephant as Amar with the reasoning that it had survived the train accident that claimed its mother and aunt. A special awareness programme was organised for the school children on the occasion. More than 2000 school children were given free entry into the zoo. The children were told about the growing human elephant conflict due to habitat degradation. They were also apprised about the status of elephant in the State, their conservation need, their role in the ecosystem and what people can do to save elephants. A special education material in Oriya and English depicting these issues was distributed among the children. Two state-of-the-art aviaries - one for the highly threatened White Backed Vulture and another for the Brahminy Kite - were also dedicated to the public on during the celebrations. The Elephant Day celebrations, which coincided with the celebration of the Wildlife Week, was organised by the zoo authorities in collaboration with the Chandaka Wildlife Division; Nature and Wildlife Conservation Society, Orissa; WWF Orissa; and CEE-Eastern Regional Cell, Orissa.