‘We’re grateful to Athri for being the primary animal adopter of a giraffe within the historical past of BBBP and for becoming a member of palms to help ex-situ conservation,’ mentioned Bengaluru Bannerghatta Organic Park Government Director Vanashree Vipin Singh.
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An animal-loving former Indian Air Power officer has donated Rs 1 lakh to undertake the primary giraffe in Bengaluru Zoo, an official mentioned on Wednesday.
“Wing Commander G. B. Athri (retired) has come ahead to help our efforts in ex-situ conservation by adopting giraffe Yadhunandan by donating Rs 1 lakh,” Bengaluru Bannerghatta Organic Park (BBBP) Government Director Vanashree Vipin Singh advised IANS.
One and a half-year-old Yadhunandan was born to Krishnaraja and Babbly within the Mysuru Zoo.
On April 24, the Mysuru Zoo, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Backyard, had gifted the younger Yadhunandan to Bengaluru Zoo.
“We’re grateful to Athri for being the primary animal adopter of a giraffe within the historical past of BBBP and for becoming a member of palms to help ex-situ conservation,” mentioned Singh.
Ex-situ conservation of animals includes sustaining and breeding animals away from their native habitats, reminiscent of a zoo or different related settings.
By the way, Karnataka zoos are witnessing an excellent variety of adoptions, contemplating that the Mysuru zoo has pioneered the idea of animal adoption in India.
Based on Singh, 79 fauna lovers adopted 95 animals within the Bengaluru Zoo in an area of 20 days, excluding one or two earlier adoptions.
“Ninety 5 animals have been adopted by 79 individuals who donated Rs 15.5 lakhs. To be exact, within the final 20 days, apart from one or two adoptions,” she mentioned.
Apart from adoptions, Singh mentioned donations additionally obtain earnings tax exemption underneath Part 80 G of IT Act.
BBBP is a unit of Zoo Authority of Karnataka and one of many few locations the place wilderness is preserved within the neighborhood of a metropolis like Bengaluru.
The organic park has 4 models — a zoo, a safari, a butterfly park and a rescue centre — occupying 732 hectares of land and accommodating 2,279 animals.
The zoo is nestled within the forests of Champakadhama Hills inside Bannerghatta Nationwide Park.
In 2019-20, the BBBP incurred an expenditure of Rs 38 crore on fodder and meals, veterinary care, wage of animal keepers, upkeep and developmental works.