Bhubaneswar, Aug 16: The animal adoption programme run in the Nandankanan zoological park has gained momentum with participation of as many as 31 animal lovers in the programme between August 5 and August 16.
Deputy Director of the zoo, Bimal Prasanna Acharya said that the zoo has also received Rs 1.15 lakh as adoption fee in the month of August so far. “The aim of the programme is to create a bond between the captive animal and the participants. We are hopeful that more individuals and corporates will come forward and participate in the programme,” said Acharya.
The programme titled “adopt an animal” was launched in October 2008 with an aim to create awareness for wildlife conservation.
The programme covers all the 155 species of birds, mammals and reptiles of the zoo. While the minimum amount required for adopting wildlife is Rs 500 (Budgerigar and Munias) the maximum amount stands at Rs 2.5 lakh (Indian Elephant).
Similarly one has to pay Rs 1 lakh for adopting a single White Tiger, Royal Bengal Tiger and lion. The amount goes towards providing nutritional food, medical care and upgradation of enclosures. The sponsors can also visit and check the use of funds.
As per the provision one can adopt any wildlife for a period of one year that can be further extended by renewal. Besides people can also adopt animals for a period of one month, three months and six months.
The sponsors are also entitled to get an adoption certificate and benefits under section 80G of Indian Income Tax Act. Similarly the name of adopter will be displayed on a special board at the entrance complex.