Anant Ambani Credits Parents Mukesh-Nita Ambani For Inspiring Him For Animal Welfare Project Vantara

Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani's son, Anant Ambani revealed his parents are his inspiration behind the animal welfare initiative, Vantara.


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Anant Ambani Credits Parents Mukesh-Nita Ambani For Inspiring Him For Animal Welfare Project Vantara

The Indian business tycoon, Mukesh Ambani and his wife, Nita Ambani’s youngest son, Anant Ambani, is soon going to tie the knot with his ladylove, Radhika Merchant. Just a few days ahead of their pre-wedding celebrations, which are scheduled to take place between March 1-3, 2024, Anant spoke to the media about his new animal welfare initiative.

Anant Ambani talks about his passion project, Vantara

The Director of Reliance Industries, Anant Ambani, has taken up the responsibility of opening the world’s largest zoo and animal rescue and rehabilitation centre. On February 26, 2024, Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation announced the launch of the programme, Vantara, which means star of the forest. It is an umbrella initiative which aims to rescue, treat, care and rehabilitate injured, abused, and rescued animals, both in India and abroad. 

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Anant Ambani believes that helping animals is a way of worshipping God

The project would spread over an area of 3,000 acres within the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex in Gujarat. The programme would aim to be one of the leading contributors to conservation efforts globally. Talking about his new initiative, Anant emphasised that he believes that helping animals is equivalent to worshipping God. He said:

“Aaj ke tareekh mein bhagwan ke roop mein aate hain. Hum toh rubaru bhagwan ko dekh nhi sakte toh main yeh maanta hoon ki janwar ka sewa krna hi mere liye bhagwan ka karya hai aur bhagwan ka sewa krne jaisa mujhe mauka mila hai. Main yeh dil se krta hoon isse mere business ka kuch lena dena hai nhi.”

Anant Ambani recalls how his parents, Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani inspired him to help animals

In an interview with CNN-News 18, Anant revealed that his father, Mukesh Ambani is one of the biggest wildlife buffs. The Ambani family used to go to places like Africa, Ranthambore, and Kaziranga for their holidays. Anant believed that his parents were his biggest inspiration behind this wildlife project. He said:

“I would do it in my childhood. And my father is one of the biggest wildlife buffs. For example, when we were young, I think till the age of 18, I’d not gone on any other family holiday except Africa, Ranthambore, and the jungles of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Kaziranga. My father would only take us on jungle holidays. So I think they inspired me to do this. And to be honest, for domestic animals, there are many people who are doing a lot of good work across the country."

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Anant talked about his family’s love for animals. He said that his mother, Nita Ambani taught him since his childhood to love animals. Anant revealed his mother’s teachings led him to care for animals. He said:

“Yeh mere mummy ne jo Reliance Foundation chalate hain unhone mujhe bachpan se sikhaya janwar se kaise prem karna aur pashu palan usse maine ye shuruaat ki.”

Anant Ambani shares details about his passion project, Vantara

While speaking to ANI, Anant said that they started working on the wildlife rescue centre during the peak of COVID-19. In 2008, they rescued their first elephant, and there are about 3,000 people working for their Green’s Zoological Research and Rescue Centre. Anant said:

"We started the wildlife rescue centre building at the peak of COVID. We've created a jungle of 600 acres. We created an entire habitat for the elephants, and in 2008, we rescued our first elephant. The Greens Zoological Rescue Center started in 2020. We have a total of about 3,000 people working for Green's Zoological Research and Rescue Center. Out of that, we have approximately 20-30 expats. All the expats are in the role of teachers or professors. We also have some human doctors who are extremely passionate about animals."

Anant shared some more details about his ambitious project, Vantara, and revealed that it includes a veterinary hospital with state-of-the-art technology, and has MRI, CT scans, and endoscopic robotic surgery facilities available in it. He mentioned that they have saved over 200 elephants as of now, and they do their ‘sewa’.

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