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Dia Mirza's date with leopards

Finally, the efforts of Lucknow Zoo director paid off. Renu Singh succeeded in bringing actress Dia Mirza to name the leopard cubs whose mother bears the name Dia Mirza (puri).

india Updated: Mar 30, 2010 12:19 IST
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Finally, the efforts of Lucknow Zoo director paid off. Renu Singh succeeded in bringing actress Dia Mirza to name the leopard cubs whose mother bears the name Dia Mirza (puri).

The former Miss Asia Pacific christened the male cub 'Ashoka' and her sister 'Nakshtra'. "Wow! They are so cute and beautiful," was her first reaction after a close look at the leopard family in their enclosures.

"I thought of these names sometime back, but I am sharing them today. I came to know about the leopards during a shoot. I got excited on hearing of them. And today I am here to see them - all due to the zoo director," said a beaming Dia.

She expressed concern about the dwindling number of tigers. "It's a shame that a situation has arisen wherein there are only 1,411 tigers (or less) left. There should be a proper follow-up on this front."

She has given an in-principle nod to adopt these leopards. "I am not fully aware of the adoption process yet. Once I am in Mumbai, I will complete the formalities. Animal adoption is a recent trend in Mumbai. But it is great to see that many
animals have already been adopted here."

The actress is on a high following the recent release of her film Hum, Tum Aur Ghost. She has no project on her hands and says, "I am waiting for a good script."

She advocated the participation of youths in politics, but added it was too early to say whether she herself would take the plunge someday.

On the poor performance of Indian participants in global beauty pageants, she said, "When we won, many said it was because foreigners saw India as a global market but that was wrong. Only talent can win you the crown!"

Zoo director Renu Singh later said, "The cost of adopting a leopard is Rs 51,488 a year. We have informed her and she has said that she will get back to us after working out the modalities."

Dia also planted a Banyan sapling during her visit. The actress signed off with this remark on the guest book: "Renuji you are a rockstar! So proud to know we have people like you in position of authority who truly make a difference…"