The superstar of Kannada film industry, the Challenging Star Darshan had recently uploaded a Video on social media which went viral on Saturday (June 5).
Actor and the current ambassador of the Karnataka Forest Department, Darshan Thoogudeepa, has come out with a special message for the public wherein he appealed everyone to choose animal adoption.
There has been tremendous response for the message, Many of his fans started adopting animal’s from Zoos in the state. Within 24 hours of a message, Zoo authorities recieved 10,100 donations in Belagavi’s Rani Chennamma Nisargadhama (Mini zoo). A Darshan Fan from Belagavi, has adopted ‘Love Birds’ from Rani Chennamma Nisargadhama which is located in Bhootaramanahatti, in Belagavi. Darshan thanked him through twitter.
From all Zoos in the state, zoo authority of Karnataka recieved 8.5 lakhs of donations and adoptions within 24 hours of Darshan’s video message.
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The video that was released through social media, the Challenging Star sheds light on the prevailing concerns for zoo authorities in Karnataka and how, due to a considerable decrease in the footfall, the staff and the animals are affected as a result.
In a Video he said ‘There are nine zoos across Karnataka which means that there are over 5000 animals sheltered in them. And because of the pandemic, a lack of funds to feed the animals or provide salaries to the staff that works in these zoo establishments”.
“These people need our help more than ever and it takes only a small effort on our part which animal adoption. By paying a fixed amount (per year), you can choose to adopt an animal of your choice and support the authorities in their well-being – for eg.: to adopt a love bird, you would be required to pay Rs. 1000. The cost of taking care of a tiger would Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 1.75 lakhs for an elephant” said Darshan in the video while also highlighting the ways to go about the adoption.