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Adopt an animal at Tripura Zoo (Societal Feature)

IANS  |  Agartala 

Ever dreamt of adopting a lion, a or a black bear or any wild animal?

If yes, here's your opportunity to do so in - except that you cannot take the animal home.

According to a senior wildlife official, any institution or individual can adopt an animal by annually paying between Rs 5,020 and Rs 2,81,000 for its upkeep at the and Zoo, located in western Tripura's

The scheme encourages people to participate in the conservation of wildlife, especially endangered species.

Tripura's of Forests and said: "To those who adopt an animal, the sanctuary authorities issue certificates of adoption and publish their names in leading newspapers and provide complimentary passes to visit the zoo, besides other privileges.

"Adoption of an animal is noble not only for individuals but for his family too. An adoption makes a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries and are always unique," Sharma told IANS.

listed for adoption are lion, crocodile, clouded leopard, black bear, binturong, hornbill, peacock, common leopard, hoolock gibbon, slow loris, pig-tailed macaque, pelican, capped langur, spectacled langur, leopard cat and even a vulture.

According to the official, the name of the individual or the institution that adopts an animal is also to be displayed at the enclosure of such

Sharma, a popular on biodiversity and forests, said that so far state-owned Oil and and three other individuals have adopted a Royal Bengal Tiger, a python, a peacock and a clouded leopard.

An of the and Zoo said that two Royal Bengal Tigers (one male and one female) recently died of disease and talks were on with the to bring two more Royal Bengal Tigers from other zoos in the country.

"We are trying to replicate the model of people's participation in wildlife management followed in the and other zoos in the country, especially in southern states," said Sharma, a senior

"I always loved and the environment. That's why I adopted a clouded leopard. The caretaker of the and inspired me to adopt an animal," Senior told IANS on the phone from

Former Jawahar Saha's daughter and an (Zoology) of state-run Ramthakur College adopted a python and a peacock (peafowl) respectively.

"With greater publicity, the adoption scheme must be popularised as most people do not know about the noble plan," Banerjee told IANS.

The Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo (25 km south of Agartala), set up in 1972 within a sanctuary and home to 655 animals belonging to 55 different species, is the first zoo in eastern and where adoption of animals had started a few years ago.

Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo's told IANS: "My love for animals since childhood attracted the top forest officials and they gave me a government job. I request all people including tourists and visitors to extend their love and support to the animals and also adopt them."



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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 15:28 IST