BM Bureau : In an initiative which would not only help the animal lovers to adopt them but also give protection to the wild animals, the Zoo Authority of Karnataka has released a mobile app which could be used to adopt animals.
Informing this at a news conference on Friday,, Deputy Conservator of Forests Ashok Patil that the app could be downloaded from Google Playstore.
He said that with the app, people could either donate or adopt the animals to protect them and this will also show their concern for the wild animals.
The officials informed that a few wild animals such as Tiger, Lion, Leopard, Hyena and Bear would be brought to Butaramanahatti Rani Chennamma Zoo. The new app has the information about nine zoos of the State. People who are interested to adopt wild animals, could contact the department of forests.
Guiding the people on how to download the app, Range Forest Officer of the Zoo, Rakesh Arjunwad said that the users could select ‘Animal for Adoption or Donation’ from Google Playstore, through which, they could adopt or donate for the animals. “These animals could be adopted during the events such as birthdays or anniversaries to make the day memorable”, he said.
Under Income Tax Act section 80A, the donation given for the purpose are exempted from tax. The donors could donate amount of their choice to help any one of 172 animals of the zoo here.
The industrialists could offer funds under Corporate Social Responsibility to the Zoos. Last year, some 65 lakh people visited the Zoo, with which, the Zoo has collected Rs.70 crore, however this year, so far only five lakh people have come owing to Covid pandemic.