Reliance Industries Ltd, a company which has been raising up it’s the day it started. They will build a zoo which it claims to be the largest zoo in the world. The zoo will be built in Jamnagar district of Gujarat State. This news were confirmed by a top company executive on 19th December, Saturday. It also said that this zoo that Reliance will be making, it will be as a house for close to 100 different species of different types of animals, birds and other reptiles which will be not only from India but as well as from across the world.
This will be a pet project of Anant Ambani. He is the youngest sone of the RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani. The zoo will be built and constructed on about 280 acres of long and wide land. This place is close to the company’s refinery project at Moti Khavdi which is near Jamnagar. It is the world’s largest oil refining complex and it is a place where it operates a petrochemicals project as well.
The executive said that the zoo is expected and hoped to be open for the public by the upcoming next two years if the project doesn’t face any further postponement, which was first delayed due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Parmil Nathwani who is The EIL director of the corporate affairs said that the zoo will be called as ‘Greens Zoological, Rescue & Rehabilitation Kingdom’. He also said that all the required approvals from concerned central and state government authorities have already been taken.
As per the plan layout that was shared on the Central Zoo Authority’s website it said that the zoo will have different sections like ‘Forest of India’, ‘Frog House’, ‘Insect Life’, ‘Dragon’s Land’, ‘Exotic Island’, ‘Wild Trail of Gujarat’ and ‘Aquatic Kingdom’ and a lot of other sections as well.
Various species which will include barking deers, slender loris, sloth bears, fishing cats, komodo dragons, Indian wolves and Rosy pelicans will be the main attraction of the zoo. It will be a place that will also house six each of crowned cranes, jaguars and African lions, besides 12 ostriches, 20 giraffes, 18 meerkats, 10 spectacled caiman, seven cheetahs, African elephants and nine Great Indian Bustards. The frog house will have around about 200 amphibians and on the other hand the aquatic kingdom will house around 350 different species of fishes.
Soumitra Dasgupta who is the additional director said that they are aware of RIL’s interest and passion for the wildlife and also for its conservation. While right now she is not fully aware of the project details, but she said that she is sure it will set a good example for the private participation in the wildlife conservation.
Dasgupta said that the idea of private zoos is not new in India, she added saying that one of the country’s oldest zoos which is The Zoological Garden situated in Kolkata, it is a private one as well.
Reliance has also set up a rescue centre at Jamnagar itself from where a few leopards were recently shifted from the wild by the state forest department. Nathwani said that the centre is a CSR initiative and that it meant to aid the forest department in sheltering the big cats like leopards that have been injured or the ones that came into conflict with humans. He further said that it is separate from an ordinary zoo project and also that it won’t open for the public. He also further added saying that adding the centre will provide state-of-the-art medical facilities for the resident animals which are residing nearby.