Amar, Akbar

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-06-03 15:52 Mangaluru: Two large-hearted sponsors have come forward to adopt animals from the Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Biological Park, a big win for the biological park, which thrives on just gate collections, unlike other zoos in the state. Four tiger cubs have been adopted by Abu Dhabi-based Mangalurean entrepreneur Michael D’Souza by paying Rs five lakh. Among the four tigers, three of them are male and one female. D’Souza family has been given an opportunity to name the cubs and accordingly they have been christened as Amar, Akbar, Antony and Nisha. They were born to Netravati (9 years) and Vikram (14 years), a long-time inmates of the zoo. It may be recalled here, Kumar, a male tiger born in Pilikula, was adopted by Prashant Shet of S L Shet Jewellers and Navaratna group of hotels by paying Rs 2 lakh. Wildlife director H Jayaprakash Bhandary, a retired forest official himself, has taken a keen interest in developing and maintaining the zoo. He is ably supported by veterinarians and volunteers. The Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Biological Park has about 1,100 animals and of which eleven tigers. There is no government grant to this zoo but solely dependent on the entrance collection.