You can now adopt a wild animal by paying for its upkeep at Sepahijala wildlife sanctuary and zoo, located 25 km south of Agartala. The zoo has started the scheme to encourage people to participate in its activities.

“Interested people and institutions may adopt an animal of their choice by contributing amounts ranging from Rs.5,020 to Rs.2,81,000 per year for its upkeep,” said Tripura’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Atul Kumar Gupta.

The idea is not novel, having been tried elsewhere in the country, but new in Tripura. Gupta, who is also the chief wildlife warden, said: “In return, the zoo and sanctuary authorities would offer certificates of adoption, complimentary passes to visit the zoo, publication of names in leading newspapers, besides income-tax exemptions.”

The name of individual and the institutions would be displayed near the enclosure of the adopted animal.

Animals listed for adoption include a Royal Bengal tiger, lion, clouded leopard, rhinoceros, crocodile, Himalayan black bear, hornbill, crocodile, hoolock gibbon, slow loris, pelicans and vultures. — IANS