India's richest family unveil plan for the world's biggest zoo with 280-acre plot of land – but spark anger among animal groups
India's richest family have unveiled their lavish plan for the world's biggest zoo with a massive 280-acre plot of land.
The Ambani clan, who own the $168 billion company Reliance, are planning to house around 100 different species in the zoo and build an animal rescue sanctuary in the city of Jamnagar, western India.
But the Ambanis, who have seen the likes of Hillary Clinton and Priyanka Chopra attend their family weddings, have sparked anger among animal s activists after two rare black panthers were transferred from a state-run zoo to their own private establishment in a 'hush-hush' move.
The project is the brain child of Anant Ambani, 25, the son of the 12th richest man in the world and chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, reports The Week.
The zoo, which will be called 'Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom', will be home to 100 different species of animals, birds and reptiles from around the world including the African lion, Komodo dragon, gorillas and giraffes, according to local media.
Despite it being in its early days, the zoo has already stirred up controversy among local animal s groups.
In January, the Ambani family, who have a net worth of about $80 billion, were able to strike a deal and acquire a pair of two rare black panthers from the state-run Guwahati zoo, reported the Times of India. In exchange, Reliance Industries gave the zoo two pairs of zebra from Israel.
The world's largest zoo is just one of a number of extravagant purchases made by the Ambani family.
Hyang, PJ, Mysia
In india the wealth belongs to t very few!
Catherine 59, East Coast, United States
I absolutely detest any zoo or circus.
Erica83, cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
How many of their own citizens are struggling to live in poverty? and instead of hel humans no lets build a zoo.
I've been to a zoo in India. It was appalling. The animals were just kept in cages, no access to outside areas and hundreds of rats everywhere eating the caged animals' food. This is just a vanity project for rich people to show off to the poorist in society.
Nobodys-Surprised, Upnort, United Kingdom
Meanwhile India has so many children living on the streets with no parents and open to abuse
Grumpy old fella, Sydney, Australia
Would be better spending their money on their poor and destitute countrymen.
Jack_Gem, Halifax, United Kingdom
Although animals are important theres millions of Indian citizens a vast majority children who need help
Anne Williamson, London
Why don't these absolutely stinking rich of India and other countries where the poverty is so bad it's off the scale use some of their flaunted wealth to help these poor starving begging homeless people snd the children living on the streets?!!!
Dave, The real world
Why not forget the zoo and spend the money hel the very poor and destitute that make up the majority of the population in India!
We are all just overjoyed at being released' from lockdown. These poor animals have no fre m and no choice. All Zoos and Animal Circuses should be banned.
billy106, isle of man, United Kingdom
A poverty stricken country.
TrollyDolly, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Why not spend the money safeguarding animals in the wild? Educating people and paying rangers to keep the animals safe? Thats conservation not locking animals up for human entertainment.
John 3 v 16, Near Hull ..the forgotten city, United Kingdom
A zoo is just toy for these very rich people and for their own vanity. but the rich would prefer 5 fed their pets rather then help feed their neighbours.
ell 81, st leonards on sea, United Kingdom
If the cared a bout animals they would put money into conservation and not a zoo.
Bringpeace, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Money to burn, buy some football clubs.
nomad010147, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
So tacky these people.
Brooklyn_Lady, Brooklyn, United States
Just by reading about them, I an sick to my stomach.