Visakhapatnam, August 16, 2006
Zoological Park badly needs funds
The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited is the first Public Sector Undertaking to come forward to take care of the expenses of six tigers. At a function on Wednesday, the HPCL Executive Director and in charge of Visakha Refinery AS Rao has handed over a cheque of Rs.3 lakhs to the Zoo curator B.Vijay Kumar. The amount will be spent towards feed at the rate of Rs.50,000 per Royal Bengal tiger in a year.
The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park is badly in need of funds. The Zoo has 10 tigers, five lipons, two elephants. The curator said that the expenditure on each tiger and lion is Rs.50,000, Rs.5 lakhs on elephants and in the came of hippo feed and maintenance comes to Rs.1 lakhs. He said HPCL is the first Public Sector Undertaking to come forward to sponsor zoo animals ever since the scheme was launched five years ago. The Executive Director of HPCL said to save and encourage wild fauna, it has adopted six tigers and expressed hope that some of the PSUs will come forward for adoption of wild animals.
The Conservator of Forests PV Padmanabham inaugurated a souvenir shop. The curator Vijay Kumar said that they were making all possible efforts to convince Public Sector Undertakings companies to take part in the adoption scheme. He said that he met the officials of Major PSUs for sponsorship of animals. They were planning to invite representatives of various companies for a workshop where a presentation would be given on the animal adoption programme.
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