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Mukesh Ambani, the billionaire proprietor of Reliance Industries, plans to construct a 280-acre zoo with greater than 100 species.

Plans to construct the world’s largest zoo and animal sanctuary by India’s richest household, which owns the $168bn Reliance Industries company empire, has stirred controversy within the nation.

The Ambanis plan to construct a 113-hectare (280-acre) zoo and animal sanctuary referred to as “Green Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom” in Jamnagar metropolis within the western Indian state of Gujarat, The Week Magazine reported.

Mukesh Ambani, who’s price $79bn, is Reliance’s proprietor and the 12th-richest individual on the planet.

The “pet project” is led by his son 25-year-old son Anant Ambani, who’s a board member at Jio, Reliance’s telecom arm, in keeping with a Business Insider report.

In January, Reliance Industries struck a cope with Assam State Zoo in Guwahati to acquire two uncommon black panthers in change for 2 pairs of zebra from Israel, a swap that activists and native political events have criticised, in keeping with Northeast Now News.

“It seems that even wild animals kept in captivity in zoos cannot escape from the tentacles of big corporate houses as the recent ‘hush-hush’ transfer of two black panthers from the State Zoo in Guwahati to a zoo in Gujarat being set up by the Reliance group of the Ambanis has proved,” Bobbeeta Sharma, chief of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, stated in an announcement, in keeping with the publication.

On Sunday, about 100 activists gathered in entrance of the Guwahati Zoo to protests in opposition to the switch of the panthers, in keeping with English language day by day, Telegraph India.

The Ambani household dwell in a 27-story tower in Mumbai that has three helipads and reportedly price $1bn to construct.

The zoo is ready to be home to nearly 100 species of animals, birds and reptiles from India and internationally, that will additionally embrace African lions, Bengal tigers and Komodo dragons, the Business Insider reported, citing native media stories.

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