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IN Travel & Adventure ON 10 Apr, 2016
In order to restore the wildlife, a couple had bought 300 Acres of barren land and turned it into a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. We often talk about the reducing forests and its grave effect on wildlife. How many of us actually does something about it? Very few.
Pamela and Anil K Malhotra, have bought a huge amount of land in Karnataka, 300 acres of land is denuded and not used for agricultural purposes. Thus, they decided to turn it into the home for the wild friends. It's a bio-diverse rainforest which consists of hundreds of animals and birds. This first private wildlife sanctuary of India is a must visit.
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The sanctuary is named as SAI which is an abbreviation for Save Animals Initiative.
It's situated in Kodagu district of Karnataka. The mountain range of Brahmagiri in Western Ghats houses SAI.
The sanctuary had more than 300 kinds of birds. It also houses animals like deer, snakes, leopards, tigers, elephants and other creatures. Moreover, there are some rare and threatened animal species who have found comfort and safety in this place.
There is 700 years old tree, it proudly flaunts the different animals and birds which have made it their home.
In 1991, they were visiting this part of the country when one of their friends sold them their wasteland. It was not fit for growing coffee. They were settled in the USA, but a new idea entered their life. They wanted to transform the useless land into something purposeful.
Since then, they started buying land in the area, whenever they got a chance. Little by little they replaced the 'wasteland' with this beautiful sanctuary. They allowed the forest to regenerate and take its own course.
Besides animals and birds, the sanctuary also has trees with medicinal value. Naturalists and scientists from all over the world visit SAI Sanctuary to conduct research.
The local villagers often indulged in hunting and poaching. That used to be a problem but they asked the villagers why kill the animals when they worshiped Hanuman and Ganesha? It worked and since then they have faced fewer problems.
They are trying to convince the large corporate to buy the lands and flourish the forest.
Hope you enjoy the little treat.
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