Would you believe if we said that 20 years ago, the place from the picture above looked like this?
Save Animals Initiative (SAI) Sanctuary in Kodagu district, India, was created by Pamela Gale Malhotra and her husband, Anil Malhotra and it is the only private wildlife sanctuary in India. And when we say they created it, we mean every single word.
The couple bought the 55-acre land and has continued buying the surrounding barren lands ever since, thus spreading the sanctuary by replanting it and letting mother nature to do its own thing.
“There was so much deforestation, the timber lobby was in charge, and the river was polluted. And no one seemed to care. That was when we decided to do something to reclaim the forests in India,” Anil tells the India Times.
The sanctuary now boasts of 300 acres of forest inhabited with animals and plants, many of which belong to the list of endangered species. On the walk through the place, visitors can see elephants, tigers, leopards, deer, snakes and many other species enjoying the natural habitat they had been deprived of.
In addition to being home to beautiful wildlife, SAI Sanctuary is also being used as a place of study for many scientists and naturalists who go there to learn about various species living there.
“People think that animals need the forest. But the truth is, the forest needs the animals equally. While the forest helps animals in providing shelter and food, animals help forests in regeneration – they are both inter-dependent and we should make efforts to preserve both,” says Dr. Anil.
The couple has spent 26 years making this place a comfortable living area for all who belong there. When visitors come, they are offered to stay in one of the two eco-tourist cottages and help the couples’ work, but it is really their love, care and determination that has made SAI Sanctuary the way it is.
Take a look at the couples’ video and learn more about their story:
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