New Delhi: Now that we all are locked up inside our room, Bengaluru’s Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) has come out with a novel idea for those looking for an opportunity to conserve wildlife and adopt animals at the zoo. The BBP has released a list of animals that can be adopted. Also Read - Selfless Service: Delhi Gurudwara Is Feeding Over 15,000 People Daily With 'Langar On Wheels' Initiative
“The animal adoption programme is an opportunity for you to get involved in supporting feed and veterinary care expenses for zoo animals with provision for Income Tax rebate under 80G. There are 21 elephants which can be adopted online!” say zoo officials. Also Read - Travelling to Delhi From Noida, Ghaziabad or Gurugram? Check Out New Set of Rules Here
One can adopt the likes of King cobra and Indian rock python for Rs 3,500 per year, and jungle cat and Assamese Macaque for Rs 5,000. Also Read - Lockdown: From Early Graduation to Flexible Grading-- IITs Chalk Out Plan For Graduating Students
Adoption of blackbuck and sambar will cost you Rs 7,500 per year, Emu Rs 10,000, spot-billed Pelican Rs 15,000, Golden jackal Rs 20,000, Indian leopard and sloth bear Rs 35,000, Zebra 50,000, Hippopotamus Rs 75,000, and Bengal tiger and Giraffe a flat Rs one lakh, among others.
“The purpose of the adoption programme is to create awareness and connect with people involved in conservation activities, not just generating revenues,” the Executive Director of the government-run BBP, Vanashree Vipin Singh told PTI on Friday.
So, what do you get? Apart from a fun lockdown which has now been extended for another two weeks, you get certain privileges such as gift voucher for zoo visit and display of name in adoption board would be extended for adopting an animal, depending upon the adoption amount.
The zoo, which sees an annual footfall of around 15 lakh, has been closed since the middle of March following lockdown declared in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It received a record 23,000 people on a single day on January 1 this year.