SAI is first private animal sanctuary in Karnataka

SAI (Save Animals Initiative) Sanctuary near Nagarahole National Park in Kodagu district stands testimony to growing forests without banking on the government. Spread over 300 acres, the first private sanctuary in South India is a result of the efforts of the couple, Pamela and Dr A K Malhotra. The sanctuary with lofty trees is now teeming with wildlife, demonstrating the inter-dependence of forest and wildlife.

It all began more than three decades ago when A K Malhotra, an NRI then, decided to return to India from the USA with Pamela. They turned to South India and found Kodagu, a bio-diversity hotspot. Initially, they bought 55 acres at Theralu village in 1993. They continued to buy land which was not conducive for farming and the sanctuary expanded.

Now, the lush green forest is home to sambar, muntjac, wild boars, leopards, wild dogs, tigers and elephants.

Read full report in The New Indian Express
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