Context: The Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) in Bhubaneswar has revived its innovative ‘Adopt-An-Animal’ programme to mobilise resources for animals.

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  • The NZP is one of the leading zoos in the country in terms of its fauna population and species diversity. 
  • With a minimum of ₹50 lakh required per month for the upkeep of animals, the zoo faced huge hardships due to the loss of revenue following the closure due to the lockdown.

‘Adopt-An-Animal’ programme

  • The zoo authorities came up with the scheme urging animal lovers to provide funds from ₹500 to ₹2.5 lakh. 
  • In lieu, a ‘Thank You’ in the form of an adoption certificate, a plaque in the zoo and income tax rebates are available to individuals and organisations.
  • When one adopts an animal or a bird, the contribution goes to its care, feeding, enclosure enrichment and renovation.
  • The adoption scheme would bring public, corporate bodies and institutions closer to the zoo and heighten their love and passion for captive animals and birds, the authorities said.

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