Anant Ambani reveals Vantara, the latest initiative by Reliance

On February 26th, Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation introduced the ‘Vantara’ (Star of the Forest) program. Headed by Anant Ambani, a Director on the boards of RIL and Reliance Foundation, the initiative is dedicated to the rescue, treatment, care, and rehabilitation of injured, abused, and threatened animals, working in both India and international locations.

Anant Ambani expressed, “What began as a childhood passion has evolved into a dedicated mission with Vantara, alongside our exceptional and dedicated team. Our primary focus is on safeguarding critically endangered species indigenous to India. We aspire to rejuvenate essential habitats, tackle imminent threats to species, and position Vantara as a forefront conservation program. It brings us joy that our endeavours have garnered recognition both in India and on the international stage.”

Ambani revealed that eminent zoological and medical experts from India and around the globe have aligned with the Vantara mission. He disclosed that the program is actively engaging in collaborations and benefitting from the guidance of governmental entities, as well as research and educational institutions.

Vantara aims to partner with the Zoo Authority of India and other relevant government organisations. It will help improve all the 150-plus zoos in India in terms of training, capacity building and animal care infrastructure.

As part of the Vantara initiative, a 3000-acre area within the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex in Gujarat has been transformed into a jungle-like environment. This carefully crafted space emulates a natural, enriching, lush, and verdant habitat, providing an ideal setting for the thriving of rescued species.

Vantara aims to create best-in-class animal conservation and care practices including state-of-the-art healthcare, hospitals, research and academic centres.

Over the past few years, the Vantara program has successfully rescued over 200 elephants and thousands of other animals, reptiles, and birds from perilous situations. Notably, it has implemented rehabilitation initiatives for crucial animal species, such as rhinos, leopards, and crocodiles. Additionally, Vantara has played a pivotal role in rescue missions across countries like Mexico, Venezuela, and more.

The Vantara program has collaborated with esteemed international organizations, including the Venezuelan National Foundation of Zoos. Through partnerships with renowned global entities like the Smithsonian and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Vantara has strengthened its international outreach. In India, the program engages in collaborative efforts with institutions such as the National Zoological Park, Assam State Zoo, Nagaland Zoological Park, and Sardar Patel Zoological Park, among others.

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