Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kumble adopts King cobra

Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble, adopted a King cobra for Rs 2,500 at an animal adoption program organized by the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP), Green Matrix and Samhita Academy.

The animal adoption awareness drive which is just two-month-long is raising awareness among the citizens, in particular the slender youth, about how they too can contribute towards wildlife conservation. This program will conclude on Oct 4 with World Wildlife Week festival celebrations.

Kumble who was recently appointed as the vice-chairman of the Karnataka State Board for Wildlife said reporters that he would spread awareness of animal adoption and wildlife conservation. He has asked his friends in Indian Cricket team particularly Rahul Dravid to adopt animals as celebrity adoption can boost awareness. He has also expressed his desire to adopt an elephant which will cost Rs. 2 lakh per year.

The Zoo Authority of Karnataka (ZAK) has also come up with the adoption rates applicable to all the animals in the zoos which come under its authority. The pricing starts from Rs. 750 to Rs. 1.75 lakh for adopting an animal for a year. If you feel you can't adopt an animal for a year, then you can look for adoption programs such as adopting an animal a day or week or even a month.

Tax Benefit:
The interesting fact here is the Income Tax department of India has given a blanket exemption for people taking up animal adoption under section 80(G).

Inspired by this post? Then why don't you adopt an animal and save some tax too?

Please feel free to Contact:
The Executive Director and Conservator of Forests,
Bannerghatta Biological Park,
India — 560083

Call: +91 80 7828540/7828300


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