26-year-old Patryk Kucza from St Lawrence is cycling 120 kms daily to raise awareness about conservation of threatened wildlife species across the globe.
Patryk, who on September 20 last year set off from on his epic journey to cycle around the globe from Jersey in UK, has arrived in Guwahati.
“I am cycling around the word and seeing the conservation works undertaken by Durrell. Durrel has a field office in Guwahati and here in Assam it has concentrated on pygmy hog conservation. The pygmy hog conservation project has completed 25 years in Assam. So I have come here to celebrate the silver jubilee of pygmy hog conservation,” Patryk tells Northeast Now.
The UK based wildlife volunteer embarked on the journey in aid of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, with the aim of shining a spotlight on the pressures faced by the natural habitat.
He is raising funds and awareness for Durrell’s ‘Rewild the World’ initiative and hopes to visit several of Durrell’s global projects on his trip.
Clad in black halfpants and T shirt, Patryk, has so far covered 15 countries and in India he has pedalled around 3000 kilometres after landed in Mumbai.
Patryk says he is very happy with the conservation works done in Assam by Durrel.
“I am very happy with Durrel works. One of my favourite things that Durrel does here in Assam is they are protecting the pygmy hogs, protecting the grasslands, they are protecting the Indian habitats,” he says.
Patryk, who is mesmerised by the scenic beauty of the region, says Northeast is a beautiful place with its amazing national parks.
He explored the Basistha forest trail on outskirts of Guwahati on Saturday along with 25 cyclists.
From Guwahati he has planned to head to Orang National Park and then to Nameri National Park before crossing over the international border via Moreh en route to Myanmar.