Wednesday, February 24, 2021

India's richest family is planning to build the world's largest zoo, and the 280-acre project has already sparked a protest by animal activists

 India's richest family, known for its lavish lifestyle and control of India's most valuable company, has a new venture: building the world's largest zoo.


The Ambanis, the billionaire family that owns the $168 Billion conglomerate Reliance Industries, plan to build a 280- acre zoo and animal rescue sanctuary called "Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom" in Jamnagar, a city in western India, The Week Magazine reports. Mukesh Ambani, Reliance's owner and majority shareholder, is worth $78.3 billion, making him the 12th-richest person in the world.

The zoo is the "pet project" of Anant Ambani, Mukesh Ambani's 25-year-old son, per The Week. Anant is a board member at jio, Reliance's telecom arm. The zoo will be built near the company's refinery in Jamnagar, per The Week.

Anant Ambani's zoo is slated to be home to nearly hundred species of animals, birds, and reptiles from India and around the world, including African lions, pygmy hippo, Bengal tigers, and Komodo dragons, according to local media reports. The animals will be housed in various areas with names like Frog House, Dragon's Land, Aquatic Kingdom, Indian Desert, and Exotic Island.

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