RIL, Reliance Foundation Launches Vantara - a Comprehensive Animal Rescue, Care, Conservation and Rehabilitation Programme
Moneylife Digital Team 01 March 2024
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and Reliance Foundation have launched the Vantara (star of the forest) programme, an umbrella initiative focusing on the rescue, treatment, care and rehabilitation of injured, abused and threatened animals in India and abroad. Spread over 3,000 acres within the green belt of RIL's Jamnagar refinery complex in Gujarat, Vantara aims to be one of the global contributors to conservation efforts.
By working with leading animal-care and welfare experts, Vantara has converted a sprawling 3000-acre space into a jungle-like environment that mimics the natural, enriching, lush and verdant habitat for the rescued species to thrive in.
Anant Ambani, director on the boards of RIL and Reliance Foundation, says, "Vantara aims to partner with the Zoo Authority of India and other relevant government organisations in improving all the 150-plus zoos in India in terms of training, capacity building and animal care infrastructure. We hope Vantara becomes a beacon of hope globally and can showcase how a forward-thinking institution can help the global biodiversity conservation initiatives."
Over the past few years, the programme has rescued more than 200 elephants and thousands of other animals, reptiles and birds from unsafe situations. It has undertaken initiatives in key species, including rhino, leopard and crocodile rehabilitation.
Of late, Vantara has also taken part in foreign rescue missions in countries like Mexico, and Venezuela. It recently brought in several big animals answering a call from Central American zoo authorities. All such rescue and rehabilitation missions are undertaken under strict legal and regulatory frameworks in India and internationally.
"We are focused on protecting critically endangered species native to India. We also want to restore vital habitats and, address urgent threats to species and establish Vantara as a leading-edge conservation programme. We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised in India and internationally. Some of India's and the world's top zoological and medical experts have joined our mission and we have been blessed to receive active collaborations and guidance of government bodies, research and educational institutions," Mr Ambani added.
2 months ago
A laudable initiative. I suggest you tie up with PeTA also. Our best wishes
2 months ago
2 months ago
Lovely & Wonderful , World Class Initiative - "VANTARA" for Wild Animals!
2 months ago
A highly commendable initiative. Wish more corporates come forward in this effort. Perhaps government can classify expenses on these efforts as CSR. Would suggest that foundation also make efforts at reforestation, especially dwindling animal habitats in many endangered forests, including national parks.
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