Central Zoo Authority asks Amtes to shift wild animals from his Ark

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Nov 2017 11:27:08

Special Correspondent,

CZA has called a meeting on Monday to sort out
the issue

The Central Zoo Authority (CZA), New Delhi, has reportedly asked Dr Prakash Amte, Director of the Rescue Centre/Orphanage run by Lok Biradari Prakalp, Hemalkasa in Bhamragad, Gadchiroli district, to either release the wild animals in jungle or transfer them to Forest Department as the recognition has expired.

As per the norms of CZA, the management of a rescue centre has to take permission or extension to recognition every year.
The CZA had granted recognition to this Amtes Animal Ark up to March 11, 2017. However, it has not extended the recognition to this centre and hence it asked Dr Amte to shift the wild animals. The CZA has also asked the management to submit master plan for the centre on how it will manage the centre as per the guidelines.

According to reliable sources, CZA has got disturbed over videos made viral on social network on people seen close with wild animals inside the enclosures. This is against the guidelines of the CZA.

When contacted, Dr Prakash Amte told ‘The Hitavada’ on Saturday that he along with Hanraj Ahir, Union Minister of State for Home met Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, and Prakash Jawadekar, Union Minister for HRD, on Saturday and discussed the issue with them. They urged to grant sanction to the master plan so that the centre would implement welfare schemes in the larger interest of wild animals housed in the rescue centre at Hemalkasa. The centre could also launch animal adoption scheme by contacting corporate houses to meet the high cost of maintenance of the animals, if permission to the master plan is granted.

It is reported that D N Singh, Member-Secretary, CZA, Delhi, has convened a meeting on November 6 to sort out the issue of this centre by discussing with Dr Amte.
When contacted, Ashfaque Ahmed, Consultant of Amtes Animal Ark, said that he prepared the master plan, layout, detailed project report etc., and the centre submitted them to the CZA around five months ago for recognition. However, the recognition is awaited.

The compound wall work has been completed and the management would take up the work of bigger enclosures and other activities once the plan is sanctioned. The Ark came in existence in 1974 in 2 ha of land in Hemalkasa when Dr Amte was moved after seeing a baby monkey suckling to its dead mother, killed for a meal, and adopted the baby by exchanging it for foodgrains and clothes.