WWF Chairman Adopts Animals At NZP
Hyderabad, February 13 (Maxim News): Anil Kumar Epur, WWF, Chairman, T.S. along with family members visited Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad and offered to adopt Four species 2 Mammals, 1 Reptile and 1 Nocturnal Bird for a period of One Year.
In this connection, Arjun Reddy Mekapati, grandson of Anil Kumar Epur adopted a Leopard, Ms. V. Aishwarya Reddy, D/o Anil Kumar Epur adopted one King Cobra & One Horned Owl, and Kirti Reddy Mekapati, D/o Anil Kumar Epur adopted one Jaguar for a period of one year and presented cheques total amounting Rs. 2,00,000/- (Rupees Two Lakhs only) to A. Nagamani, Dy. Curator, Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad. in the presence of N. Kshitija, Curator, Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad.
Speaking on the occasion N. Kshitija, Curator, Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad thanked them for showing keen interest in adopting the animals i.e, Leopard, Jaguar, King Cobra & Owl for the period of one year, there by strengthening the Wildlife Conservation Programme in the Zoo Park.
They also expressed that their commitment in conservation of wild animals is an inspiration to many and hoped that more citizens will come forward for adoption of animals in Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad.
The Zoo, which has suffered a loss of over Rs 5 crore due to the ban on entry of visitors since March 22, is looking for celebrities and businessmen to come forward and adopt the animals, by sponsoring their expenses for a fixed period.
The officials hope that this gesture would help the Zoo tide over the financial constraint. They, however, denied that there is any shortage of funds for animal feed.
Spread over 300 acres, the Zoo is home to nearly 181 indigenous and exotic species, including 1,716 animals, birds, and reptiles.
Known as one of the best zoos in Asia, it attracts around 30 lakh visitors annually. (Maxim News)