Surprised by the title? Yes, it is true. Not sure how many of you have visited Shri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysore, aka Mysore Zoo. During my recent trip to Mysore and surroundings, got a chance to visit this zoo for the first time! Though I have visited Mysore a number of times, never been to this zoo since it was so common and because of controversies few years back. I got to know this zoo is very uncommon only after a visit!
It was mentioned inside the zoo that all the animals/birds which are preserved there were found in forests with wounds or some kind of illness. As a part of wildlife conservation, forest officers get such animals into the zoo to take a better care. It was also mentioned in one of the hoardings that the state government is not allocating any funds in budget towards the maintenance of zoo and wild life inside. Thus most of the money comes in the form of entry feel charged to the visitors. That is not at all sufficient with the variety of animals they have, take a look at some of the images below. I have only posted few images here, but there are a number of animals/birds spread over a walk through path of 3.5 kms inside the zoo. You can spot leopards, white tigers, african elephants, variety of crocs etc., to name a few. In order to maintain the zoo, it was necessary for the officials to explore innovative ways to raise funds.
Thus situation warrants for some tax benefits for those adopting animals and birds in this zoo. Not just that, your name along with place where you live will be displayed on the captivity mesh. Under section 80G, the zoo issues donations tax benefit certificates as per income tax law in India. So, you have an option to adopt any animal or bird of your choice for a specific period. This means an animal or bird will be still maintained and looked after in the zoo itself, maintenance is sponsored by an individual.
It was a common sight inside the zoo that many Infosys employees have adopted a large number of lives out there! So, why not each of us who can afford? Feel free to support and conserve some of the rare, extinct species. Plus avail the tax benefit too… Isn’t that a good way to spend some money while saving a part of it in the form of Tax?