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Son Of Billionaire Creates Wildlife Rescue The Size Of Central Park

Image shows a baby elephant joyfully splashing through a mud puddle.

Jamnagar, Gujarat in India, has a new wildlife rescue, and it’s HUGE. Vantara Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is Anant Ambani’s passion project. The sanctuary name, Vantara, means “Star Of The Forest.” To help you visualize the size, it spans 3,000 acres and is four times the size of New York’s Central Park. The wildlife preservation project will be the world’s largest animal sanctuary and zoo. Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation worked together to create the facility. Anant is the son of Mukesh Ambani, CEO of Reliance.

One of the buildings in the new Vantara complex in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.
Image from TikTok.

The project provides jobs for 2,100 people and houses over 2,000 rescued animals of 43 different species. The complex includes medical facilities with cutting-edge video conferencing technology and an intensive care unit (ICU), CT scan, MRI, X-ray, dental scalers, and more.

Image shows doctors in the Vantara medical facilities performing surgery
Image from TikTok.

The mission at Vantara is to protect species native to India, especially those critically endangered. Their work will also include restoring vital habitats with an eye toward global conservation and focusing on sustainable energy.

Elephants are a large part of the animal population at Vantara, with over 200 currently on site. A dedicated 25,000-square-foot elephant hospital has been erected to care for the pachyderms. The elephant hospital employs pathologists, biologists, veterinarians, naturalists, and nutritionists. They even have a large jacuzzi (elephant-sized) and hydrotherapy pools to help them work with arthritic elephants. The hospital can fully treat every possible illness or injury they might face.

While most of the animals at Vantara are native to India, they have also provided a sanctuary for animals from several other countries. Much of the property will be unavailable for visitors, but a dedicated “zoo” area will be open to the public. For more information about Vantara, follow them on Instagram.

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