Acre by acre, this couple has grown a rainforest


Pamela and her husband Anil K Malhotra have spent the last 25 years buying denuded and abandoned agricultural land in Karnataka’s Kodagu district and reforesting it, to return the land to a bio-diverse rainforest for elephants, tigers, leopards, deer, snakes, birds and hundreds of other creatures.

They’ve spotted more than 300 kinds of birds as well as many rare and threatened animal species. The Malhotras’ Save Animals Initiative (SAI) Sanctuary is probably the only private wildlife sanctuary in the country .

« Once we bought the land, we allowed the forest to regenerate. We planted native species where necessary and allowed nature to take care of the rest, » says Anil.Today.

SAI Sanctuary covers approximately 300 acres, and draws naturalists and scientists doing research on the different animal species as well as hundreds of indigenous trees and plants, which have medicinal value as well.

The couple gets help from the other trustees to keep the sanctuary going. They also approach corporates for help, and try convincing large firms to buy land and let it flourish as part of their corporate social responsibility plans.

Source: The Times of India


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