Support for wildlife conservation through Corporate Social Responsibility

Arignar Anna Zoological Park has been reaching out to the corporate houses and philanthropist organisations to enlist their active participation in spreading awareness, conservation education and development of Zoo leading to animal welfare. This facilitates the achievement of the twin objectives of fulfilling the statutory obligations of corporate houses and also optimal upkeep and development of the zoo in the face of budgetary constraints.

AAZP is registered as a society in the name of 'Zoo Authority of Tamilnadu' and it is eligible to receive funds from other organizations for the welfare of the animals either under Corporate Social Responsibility, sponsorships or under Animal Adoption Programme.The fund so received qualify for getting Income tax exemption under IT Act section 80 (g).

Initiation of CSR activity in Zoo

On 7th June 2019, Arignar Anna Zoological Park organized a one-day interactive session with corporate CSR teams on “Role of Corporates in Conservation of Forest & Wildlife” at Zoo School Auditorium. More than 35 corporate heads from various firms, companies, participated. Thiru. Sanjay kumar Srivastava IFS, PCCF & CWLW presided over the session.

Cognizant outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Company, Crescent Institute of Engineering and Technology, VIT University, MGM, VGP Universal kingdom, WIPRO, Sriram group of companies. etc participated in the session. The guest speakers were Dr. G. Agoramoorthy, M.Sc., Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor, Tajen University, Taiwan & Executive Board Member, South East Asian Zoos Association who presented on the topic "Partnership in Conservation across the Globe". Followed by Dr. Brij Kishore Gupta M.Sc., Ph.D., Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Central Zoo Authority, New Delhi presented on the topic "Indian Perspective of Ex-situ Conservation and role of Stakeholders". Former Deputy Director, AAZP made a presentation on "Avenues for Corporate/Private organizations to contribute and collaborate with Zoo Management" followed by a field visit.

Renault Nissan Technology and Business centre India Private Limited ( 2020-2021)

Renault Nissan Technology and Business centre India Private Limited has immensely contributed to zoo renovation activities and sustainable action towards "Green Zoo".

Renovation of animal sheds:

Animal enclosure rest sheds were damaged due to the drastic hit of two consecutive cyclones. Our CSR partner – Renault Nissan gave a helping hand and renovated 20 animal enclosure resting sheds which have been constructed with a double layer thatch (coconut thatch underneath and an overlying Cymbopogon grass layer)

Wildlife Ambulance

Signange boards

Green Zoo

Arignar Anna Zoological Park recorded an annual visitor footfall of 20 lakhs before the pandemic. Most of the visitors prefer to go on zoo round by Battery operated Vehicle (BOV). During the peak hours, the waiting time to board a Vehicle often extended beyond 40 mins. To support the demand from the visitors, the CSR partner has donated two BOV vehicles (14 seaters) to the Zoo.

The company has also engaged in some other works namely installation of solar light (LED) around the campus, procurement of one wildlife Ambulance for Zoo Veterinary Hospital, installation of animal information signage boards and so on.

HCL Technologies Pvt Ltd ( July 2020- December 2020):

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Arignar Anna Zoological Park was closed to the public for over 8 months in the year 2020. As the revenue collected from visitor’s ticket is mainly utilized for day-to-day expenditure which includes procurement of animal feed, enclosure repair, maintenance and sanitization, veterinary care of zoo animals, the closure of the zoo impacted its operations through a severe revenue shortfall.

In such a crisis situation, HCL Technologies Pvt Ltd provided financial support to the tune of Rs 1.60 crore to the Zoo under its Corporate Social Responsibility. The company bore the cost of animal feed and supply, consumables, enclosure maintenance, animal medicines and wages of casual labours for a period of two months.

Mahindra Rise (2019-2020)

As part of the Corporate Social responsibility, Mahindra Rise joined hands with Arignar Anna Zoological Park to provide purified RO water for the zoo visitors. Although the zoo had drinking water points in diverse locations, Mahindra Rise installed 8 RO water points along a distance of 2.5 km all around the zoo.The company also came forward to landscape and rejuvenate the garden area of the Zoological Park next to the compound wall in front. The greening activity was carried out over a hectare of land and it includes the creation of grassland, plantation of flowerings plants, hedge plants, shade shrubs and grasses. Nearly 25,000 ornamental flowering plant saplings were planted and the company has taken care of the maintenance for the first three months.

Cognizant Technologies – outreach (2019 )

Cognizant Technologies – outreach team volunteered and sponsored 100 hedge plants to the zoo. Forty employees from the Cognizant- outreach team were involved in planting the hedge plants near the Chimpanzee enclosure, 250 CTS outreach volunteers guided the participants.

B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology 2019-2020

B. S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology came forward to install the pergolas or "Green shade shelter points" decorating the walk path near the enclosures of Lion-tailed Macaque, Indian Gaur, Predator Birds, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Rhinoceros, and Nocturnal animal house. They also donated 10 round tables for the Zooschool auditorium.

Duvo Engineering ,Ambattur ( 2019)

Arignar Anna Zoological Park has made entry free for differently-abled visitors. About 50 differently-abled persons visit the Zoo per week. To facilitate their mobility around the Zoo, the Zoo management had arranged for some wheelchairs. To enhance it further, Mr. V. Rajarajan - Duvo Engineering - Ambattur came forward and sponsored 10 more wheelchairs to the Zoo on July 03, 2019.

Vellore Institute of Technology ( 2019)

Students of NCC & NSS from the Vellore Institute of Technology donated 160 tall tree saplings of neem, pungan and banyan. VIT Vice President Thiru G. V. Selvam along with the VIT officials and students presented the tall tree saplings to the Zoo.