Patna, Sep 22 :
Bhojpuri film actors Manoj Tiwari
and Ravi Kishan
have expressed interest in adopting animals at the
Biological Park here, officials said Saturday.
While Manoj Tiwari
is keen on adopting a lion, Ravi Kishan
wants to adopt a lion and a chimpanzee, a zoo official said.
and Ravi Kishan
have approached us for adopting animals at
the zoo," said Abhay Kumar
, director of Sanjay Gandhi
actors confirmed to IANS over phone that they would adopt the animals
soon as part of their effort to raise awareness among people about
"I am eager to adopt a lion and some other
animals. But waiting for a list from the zoo authorities before taking
the final decision in this regard," Ravi Kishan
decided to adopt a lion because it is an endangered animal. Hope to
visit the Patna zoo on Sep 30 to complete the formality in this
connection," Manoj Tiwari
Last month, the Bihar government
launched the 'Adopt an Animal' scheme at the zoo, following which about
100 animals, including birds, have been adopted by people, organisations
The adopters were given a memento and a certificate by the zoo authorities.
Under the programme, animals can be adopted for a period of five years to a month by paying a fee, according to a zoo official.
The whole zoo can be adopted -- but only for a day.
fee includes the food and medical cost of animals. Under the scheme, a
sign board with the company's logo or the name of the person adopting
the animal will be displayed outside the enclosure," the official added.
Patna zoo is one of the 21 large zoological gardens in India and the
only one in Bihar. There are about 1,200 animals and birds in the park,
which is spread over 153 acres. © IANS