Hard work always pays off. Thanks to all the beautiful minds out there, this world still has a chance “to survive.” We destroy our planet, bit by bit, and unfortunately, some people don’t even feel bad about it. It’s time to do something and make a change in this world.
Pamela and Anil Malhotra had a big dream, but they had to go a really long way to make it happen.
In 1991, they made it happen. The couple found a nice 300-acre area in Southern India and started planting trees. The deserted farmland became an oasis, and today it’s known as the Save Animals Initiative sanctuary.
“We are very fortunate and blessed that our dreams became a reality with Sai Sanctuary,” Pamela said. “By being one with nature we’ve found peace and solitude within that have set the path for our lives. Believe in your ability to make your dreams come true.”
Trees increased rainfalls, and rivers were full again.
The couple’s priority was to “ protect and preserve the last remaining natural Wild Places of the Earth—especially equatorial rainforests—thereby safeguarding our vital water sources as well as the planet’s rich biodiversity of both flora and fauna for ourselves and future generations.”
The Malhotras just gave nature its old face. Their oasis was once a tropical rainforest. However, farmers turned into a desert. Deforestation was the main problem, and there was almost no fresh springs in the area.
According to Pamela, the forest brings more than half of the rainfall in rainforests as it catches moist air from the ocean.
“So the forest is helping create above above-ground and below-ground water sources.”
The couple bought the area and planted jackfruit, fruit trees, Matti, Nandi and Rosewood.
“Patches were cleared for coffee. So what we did was to fill up the patches with native trees. And, of course, the native trees come out way on top in absorbing carbon.”
Today, the forest covers 16 percent of the area. In the 1970s, it covered 86 percent. Farming and deforestation are the main issues these days.
“This is having disastrous effects on rainfall patterns and water supplies, not just in our district, but throughout the southern peninsula of India,” Pamela said.
“Streams and rivers originate from forests,” her husband said. “That’s why so many have dried up or drastically reduced in size- deforestation. Without forests, there is no fresh water.”
Animals needed their home back.
“There are 30 species of trees that are fully dependent on elephants for propagation because their seeds are so big only elephants can swallow them down and pass them whole,” Pamela explained. “So, without the elephants, you don’t have these trees. If we can piece back together the migration corridor of elephants, and other great landscape animals, we’re protecting forests for all the other animals too.”
In the Save Animals Initiative Sanctuary, there are 700-year old trees. They are part of the micro-ecosystems for 50 species of plants and animals.
There are over 200 endangered species, including iver otter, jackal, fox, civet cat, giant Malabar squirrel, monkey, deer, and snake (this includes the Indian King Cobra), dhole (Indian wild dog), leopard, Asian elephants, and even the Royal Bengal Tiger.
“We’re not only seeing more of the species we had in the past, but even additional ones, some of which are quite endangered like the Nilgiri marten and, of course, the Asian elephant,” Pamela said.
“Over the past few years, the Asian elephants have come to the Sanctuary and given birth four times — two boys and two girls. We have grass eaters like Sambar and Chital. We have also seen leopard cats.
They come here because they feel safe. There is plenty of water. They can bring infants here without fear of human interference. We use our sanctuary as a living laboratory.
It becomes a way for people to see how Mother Nature if given half a chance, will regenerate herself.”
This was the best project she has ever been part of. The couple set up a good example for the rest of us, and hopefully, you will all do something to save the planet. Millions of animals need our help.