In 1991, Pamela Gale Malhotra and her husband Anil Malhotra purchased an empty land that used to be a rainforest. The couple purchased the land in a small district in south of India, and decided to establish a wildlife sanctuary. They named it Sai Sanctuary. Sai Sanctuary is the only private wildlife sanctuary in all over India and the couple has been replanting trees and preserving the forrest for the past 23 years.
Sai Sanctuary is the only private wildlife sanctuary in all over India and the couple spent the last 26 years replanting the rainforest to do their part for the environment.
“When we first came here, most of the lands that were sold to us, were abandoned lands,” Pamela told Great Big Story.
“Abandoned rice fields, coffee, and cardamom fields as well. A lot of deforestation had taken place. And that took a lot, a lot of care and energy and time and years to bring it back.”
The 300-acre sanctuary is home to over 200 species of plants and animals.
Since 1970s, most parts surrounding the disctrict has faced a great decrease in rainfall due to deforestation.
During the 1970s, nearly 86% of Kodagu district was forrest cover, and today the percentage is down to 16%.
Heavy deforrestation has resulted in lack of rainfall and water supply due to which people in most southern states are suffering.
“We both feel a tremendous amount of joy when we walk through the sanctuary,” said Pamela. “I’ve never felt this kind of joy in anything else that I’ve done in my life.”
The couple are doing their part to preserve nature’s beauty and helping animals have a home while they maintain the forrest too.
(Source: Bored Panda)