Hyderabad(Hyd): A 12-year-old student has endorsed a tiger in Nehru Zoological Park (NZP) here for 3 mos by spending his own birthday budget.
Chinmay Siddharth Shah, a class seven student of a city educational institution, has come forward to adopt a Royal Bengal Tiger called “Sankalp”.
He with his own dad Siddharth Kantilal Shah toured the workplace of the curator & handed over a cheque of INR 25,000 to Deputy Curator A.Nagamani towards adoption of the tiger for a period of 3 mos.
5 different kids also introduced a cheque of INR 5,000 every to adopt nocturnal animals & small birds.
Havisha Jain & Vihaan Atul Shah, Preksha, Priyal, Dhwani & Bhakti Nagda handed over the cheques to NZP officer.
Nagamani thanked the kids for demonstrating nice gesture, love & affection towards the conservation of wildlife by adopting the tiger & birds within the Zoo Park. She also requested to the residents to come forward in extra numbers & adopt the animals.
The zoo, that has suffered a loss of over INR six cr because of the ban on entry of visitors from Mar 22, is in search of celebrities & businessmen to come forward & adopt the animals, by sponsoring their own expenses for a fixed period.
The authorities hope that this gesture would support the zoo tide over the fiscal constraint triggered by this COVID-19-19 epidemic.
In Jul, Tollywood star Ram Charan’s spouse & superstar K. Chiranjeevi’s daughter in law, Upasana Kamineni konidela had come forward to adopt an elephant for 1 yr..
A businessman also endorsed a Royal Bengal tiger for 1 yr..
Spread over 300 acres, the zoo is house to nearly 181 indigenous & exotic species, involving 1,716 animals, birds, & reptiles.
Referred to as one such finest zoos in Asia, it entices about 30 lakh visitors each yr. on an average.