The Alipore Zoological Garden of Kolkata on 5 August 2013 launched Adoption of Zoo Animals Scheme with an aim to create awareness and love for the wildlife among general public. The scheme was inaugurated by the West Bengal State Forest Minister, Hiten Barman.
Adoption of Zoo Animals Scheme
• Under the scheme anyone willing to adopt an animal will have to pay specific amount for a year, which will be spent for the upkeep of chosen animal including its seeding and healthcare needs.
• Names of the adoptive individuals will be engraved on a plaque of the animal's enclosure. They will be allowed to capture candid shots of their respective animal wards on film and photographs.
• The sponsorship of each elephant, tiger, lion, chimpanzee is annually 150000 rupees while bears, leopards, rhinoceros, kangaroo, jaguar and zebra will each cost 50000 rupees per annum.
The Alipore Zoological Gardens (also called Kolkata Zoo) is India's oldest formally stated zoological park and a big tourist attraction in Kolkata, West Bengal. It has been open as a zoo since 1875 and covers 18.81 hectars.