Couple In India Transforms Destroyed Farmlands Into Wildlife Sanctuaries

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Anil and Pamela Malhotra got married back in 1960 and lived in America until Anil's father passed away and he wanted to return to India for the funeral. While there, Anil and Pamela saw the horrible state the country was in. “There was so much deforestation, the timber lobby was in charge, and the river was polluted. And no one seemed to care. That was when we decided to do something to reclaim the forests in India," Anil told the India Times. He also explained that the supply of fresh water was actually running out.

In 1991, what started out as them purchasing a 55-acre patch of desolate farmland, transformed into 300-acres of farmlands that had been reclaimed. What the couple does is purchase any farmlands that have been made barren or exploited by farmers who want to sell it because they can't grow anything on it any longer. Then, Anil and Pamela then allow the forest regenerate the natural way. Sometimes they plant things here and there simply to encourage growth, but they allow Mother Nature to do the rest.

Luckily for the forest, this method has worked wonders and the farmlands are now flourishing and turning the forests that they were always supposed to be. The couple now has a team that works with them towards these endeavors. They also don't just rehabilitate the lands with plants, but they also have been introducing wildlife into the forest - giving the animals protection an allowing them to live in their natural habitat. They now call the land the Save Animals Initiative (SAI), and it is home to a variety of wildlife that includes: leopards, Asian elephants, monkeys, foxes, river otters, and well over 300 different kinds of birds.

SAI is also offering eco-tourist cottage living where visitors can live amongst nature and the environment that the forests are offering. All profits go towards the Sanctuary's Trust, which is what funds the effort to maintain the wildlife protection and forest conservation. This sounds like the perfect getaway if ever in India. So if you want beautiful scenery, and a real outdoors feel, you should definitely look into SAI.

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