Sacrificing For the Love of Animals

It is called the pursuit of happiness. While some resort to spiritualism and
some resort to adventure, many seek happiness in expensive indulgences. At the
same time, there are a section of people who experience pure happiness in
giving.Bhakti V Hegde writes about those who have sought happiness by adopting
animals at Pilikula Nisargadhama.
Nisargadhama Society has come as a silver lining in the life of many wild
animals. From giving them nutritious food to taking care of their general well
being, the Society has been trying its level best to give a comfortable life to
the animals which would have otherwise been the victims of human being’s greed.The society has over 55 varieties of wild animals and as one can
imagine, maintaining these animals incur huge expense. With the aim of pooling
in more resources and to evoke sense of sensitivity among people about wild
animals, the society started the ‘Animal Adoption programme’ about four years
ago. Today the Society looks back with great deal of contentment because, as
against the initial aim of the Society of tapping corporate entities to sponsor
the animals, there are good numbers of individuals coming forth to adopt the
animals voluntarily.

The Society has five leopards. The cost of
maintaining one leopard per month is Rs 25,000. There are eight Bengal Tiger
with expense per animal amounting up to Rs 40,000 per month. Likewise, there are
two Lion adults requiring Rs 80,000 per month, three lion cubs for which the
Society requires Rs 18,000 each.

Apart from this, there are some rare
varieties of wild animals like the Sambhar deer, the black bucks, the barking
deer, mouse deer, Leopard cat, toddy cat, Civet cat, Giant Squirrel, Bonnet
Macaque etc for which the Society is spending on an average of Rs one to Rs six
lakh per annum.

Recently the Society
hit the pages of almost all news dailies for its rare accomplishment of
successful artificial habitat breeding of King Cobra. This unique phenomenon has
added a bunch of tiny little crawling guests to the Society.

Society has
15 King Cobras for which it requires about Rs 2.25 lakh for maintenance. Indian
Cobras, Indian Rock Python, Russell Viper, Sand Boa, Crocodiles etc too have
been nurtured, on which the Society is spending substantial amount per

Though maintaining birds does not sum up to a huge amount, the
Society has a host of several exotic birds like Blue Gold Macaw, Green winged
macaw, Galah Cuckatto, Sun Conure etc which are serving lavish spectacle to


During 2005-07, there were 75
individual as well as corporate donors who came forth and donated generously for
the cause of the animals. Not to forget are the names like Karnataka Power
Transmission Corporation Limited and Mescom Mangalore who donated Rs 1,65,000
each and adopted one lion and one tiger each, thereby setting the trend.
here, the series of people and corporate coming forward to adopt the lovely
animals has been on the rise.

During 2009-10, Mescom led the programme
by adopting two tigers with Rs 3,60,000. KIOCL sponsored five panthers at a cost
of Rs 1,80,000 and MCF sponsored 10 Sambhar deers at a cost of Rs

The 2010-11 year was the year of individuals adopting animals.
As many as 58 individual donors came forward to adopt animals.

This year
there are large number of employees from companies like Infosys, Bharathi
Shipyard, MCF, MRPL etc giving a share of their salary every month to the
Society to take care of smaller animals and birds.

Speaking to City
Herald, Society Executive Director J R Lobo said that the programme has seen a
huge response over the years and the interest of people is just
“This is a positive trend but what is the matter of happiness is
the degree of individuals adopting animals. Corporate entities do have the
capability to adopt the animals undoubtedly but what is an emotional aspect is
the fact that large number of employees are coming forward to adopt animals
keeping a part of their salary apart, religiously every month for this great
service,” says Lobo adding that Mangaloreans settled abroad too have been
greatly supportive in the programme.

He says that more and more
individuals should come forward to adopt the animals and do their bit.

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