Three out of four leopard cubs brought from Patur Forest Range in Akola district to Gorewada Rescue Centre after their separation from mother leopardess on July 16, have been adopted under Wildlife Adoption Scheme last week. AR Construction adopted two months-old one male cub by paying Rs 50,000 for one year and named it as ‘Mufasa’. Similarly, Dr Ayushi Ashish Deshmukh and Dr Roshan Bhiwapurkar adopted two female cubs of the same age by depositing Rs50, 000 each for one year and named then as ‘Hunter’ and ‘Diana’ respectively. The remaining one cub is available for adoption, informed Divisional Manager, Gorewada project, on Monday. Central Zoo Authority had given approval to Gorewada zoo project of international standard on November 24, 2015 and gave option for raising funds through Wildlife Adoption Scheme for conservation purpose.
The zoo project launched the scheme and made available the following wild animals for adoption to the people: Tigers (9) Rs 3.50 lakh each for one year (Rs 30,000 for a month), Leopards (23) Rs 1.50 lakh each for one year (monthly Rs 13,000), Leopard cub (1) Rs 50,000 for one year, and Sloth Bears (10) Rs 75,000 for one year (Rs 20,000 per month). Divisional Manager of Gorewada project has appealed to the citizens tocomeforward for adopting the wild animals and help in conservation.