Anant Ambani’s dream project: RIL is building the world’s largest zoo in Gujarat’s Jamnagar

Anant Ambani's dream project: RIL is building the world's largest zoo in Gujarat's Jamnagar

Anant Ambani’s dream project: RIL is building the world’s largest zoo in Gujarat’s Jamnagar

New Delhi: Reliance Industries Limited is ready to build one of the largest zoos in the world by number and species at a location in Jamnagar, Gujarat. A state government official confirmed Friday that the zoo was developed by RIL, which operates a refinery in Jamnagar.

MK Das, additional Secretary General in the Chief Minister’s Office, announced this when he gave a presentation on Gujarat at a virtual conference as part of the “ASSOCHAM Foundation Week 2020”. “As we all know, the tallest statue in the world is in Gujarat (Statue of Unity in Kevadiya). Now Jamnagar will soon be one of the largest zoos in the world in terms of numbers and species in one place.” That said.

Note that the Central Zoo Authority approved the establishment of the zoo. According to CZA’s annual report, Reliance Industries Limited has approved the establishment of a mega-zoo called Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom in Jamnagar, Gujarat. According to the details uploaded on the CZA website, the zoo will be spread over 250.1 hectares.

A favorite project of Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son Anant Ambani, the zoo is being built on an area of ​​around 280 hectares near the company’s refinery project in Moti Khavdi near Jamnagar, the world’s largest oil refinery complex that also operates a petrochemical project.

“The detailed project report (DPR) presented by Reliance Industries Limited along with the master plan (layout) for the Kingdom’s proposed establishment for zoological rescue and rehabilitation of the Greens in Jamnagar, Gujarat, was from the 33rd session of the Central Zoo Authority approved on February 12, 2019, “announced the CZA website.

The CZA annual report states that the zoo should investigate the housing of the mixed herbivore species in exhibits. The bird species that are common in nature in the neighboring area of ​​the zoo should also not be part of the animal collection plan. The Great India Bustard (GIB), a very rare and endangered bird. Currently, none of the zoos have GOB in captivity, so this should be avoided from the proposed animal collection plan. The zoo was also asked to reduce the number of exotic species.

Parimal Nathwani, RIL Director (Corporate Affairs), was quoted in a media report that the zoo is expected to be open to the public for the next two years if the project, which has been delayed due to Covid-19, is not postponed any further . He also announced that all necessary approvals from the central and state authorities concerned have already been obtained.

According to the plan published on the Central Zoo Authority website, the zoo will include sections such as Forest of India, Frog House, Insect Life, Dragon’s Land, Exotic Island and Wild Trail of Gujarat ” and “Aquatic Kingdom” among others.Various species including barking deer, slender loris, sloths, fish cats, komodo dragons, Indian wolves, and rosy
It is suggested that pelicans be part of the animal collection.

Soumitra Dasgupta, additional Director General for Forests (Wildlife), Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, reported ToI“We understand RIL’s interest and passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation. Although I don’t fully know the project details, I’m sure this will be a good example of private involvement in conservation. “The concept of private zoos is not new in India, said Dasgupta, adding that one of the oldest zoos in the country – Calcutta Zoological Garden – is also a private zoo.

It’s worth noting that RIL has also set up a rescue center in Jamnagar, where some leopards were recently evicted from the wild by the State Forestry Department.