The Nandakanan Zoological Park here is all set to float an animal adoption scheme for which it has got clearance from the income tax department.
Zoo director Ajit Patnaik told HT: “The clearance from the income-tax department will make the adoption scheme more attractive for people as they will get tax exemption. The basic objective is to make people more involved and inculcate a sense of ownership as well as love and passion for animals.”
The zoo formed the society for the management and development of Nandankanan Zoologal Park to attract more funds from corporate houses and individuals for better conservation and maintenance of the inmates.
The society got the necessary clearance from the income-tax department so that donors could claim IT exemption on their contributions under section 80G of the Income-Tax Act.
The society was established to receive and manage all contributions in the larger interest of the Nandankanan Biological Park for maintenance and upkeep of animals, improvement of the botanical garden with the objectives of conserving the flora and fauna and to improve and develop the infrastructure.
Nandankanan also celebrates the birthdays of all zoo inmates. As part of the celebration, information regarding the present status and conservation of animals is put on display boards both in Oriya and English in the enclosures. The animals are presented with zoo furniture as birthday gifts and their keepers are also felicitated on such occasions.