Two individuals and a project
When I captioned my ‘WEEKEND LIGHTER’ as ‘INSIGNIFICANT INDIVIDUAL’ about 10 hours back, I had no idea about this piece I am destined to write about significance of human effort. Today’s Mathrubhumi Vaarandappathippu carries a one page feature on SAI (Save Animal Initiative) Sanctuary situated in the Western Ghats (Karnataka). There are several initiatives to promote echo-tourism by governments, individuals and organisations in India today. SAI Sanctuary has a story behind it which makes it stand out as a proof for the role of destiny in human endeavours. Briefly:
In 1976 Anil Malhotra(37) from Pune met Pamela(26) from New Jersey. They got married and visited Hawaii for honeymoon. Finding that island ‘the heaven on planet earth’, they acquired some land there and settled down. 10 years later, when news reached that Anil’s father Mulk Raj Malhotra was in death-bed in India,   both of them returned to India. While traveling to Haridwar for las rites of his father, the signs of destruction of trees, forest and environment hurt their feelings. Pamela opined that instead of carrying out propaganda to protect environment, it would be a great idea to ‘lead by example’.
Anil’s mother Indira Devi suggested that the couple may realise their vision in the valleys in Uttara Kashi. They acquired some 10 acres of land and started planting trees and farming there. The ceiling on individual landholding @12 acres under state legislation prevented the expansion of the project. The couple scouted length and breadth of India and landed in Coorg where, over time they could acquire over 300 acres of land and the end-result is the present SAI Sanctuary. Visit SAI Sanctuary’s website for more details.

About SAI Sanctuary Trust
SAI Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats of southern India—the heart of the watershed area for the entire south Indian peninsula, and one of the hottest ‘Hot Spots’ of biodiversity in the world, as designated by the United Nations. From the initial purchase of just 55 acres of private forested lands in 1991, the Sanctuary has grown to more than 300, with its positive influence being seen and felt in the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries it borders—Brahmagiri, Nagarhole and Bandipur.
Dubbed ‘Noah’s Ark’ by an Oxford University scientist—one of the many naturalists and scientists who have done research within its grounds—the Sanctuary’s rich variety of flora includes hundreds of different indigenous trees and plants—many of medicinal value—as well as numerous rare and threatened species of animals—river otters, civet cats, giant Malabar squirrel, lesser loris, various types of deer, monkeys, and snakes (including the Indian King Cobra), dhole (Indian wild dog), foxes, jackals, leopards, the Asian elephant, and the Royal Bengal Tiger all call the Sanctuary ‘home,’ with over 300 different kinds of birds frequenting its forest canopy as well, including SST’s logo—the Paradise Flycatcher. Many of these species of both flora and fauna are found nowhere else on the planet.
SAI Sanctuary Trust (SST)—a registered nonprofit organization originally formed to run the Sanctuary—has now expanded its work and influence throughout India and beyond. Coming from a number of different countries and cultures, and from various walks of life, the Trustees and Advisors of SST include businessmen and educators, writers and speakers, veterinarians and naturalists, scientists and environmentalists.
Protection of the Earth’s forests and the wildlife they contain is the link that has drawn us together, working around the globe for their preservation—from the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains of North America, from the Himalayas in northern India to the Western Ghats in the south—to help restore balance among all species of Nature—including humankind.
Principal Trustees and Advisors for
SAI Sanctuary Trust
1) Dr. A.K. Malhotra, PhD—Present Chairperson of SAI Sanctuary Trust; attended Welham & Doon School—Dehradoon, Shivaji Military School—Pune, graduated from St. Xavier’s College—Bombay, attended Government Law College—Bombay, London Institute of Bankers, PhD in Political Science—Hamburg University, Germany; co-author of two internationally recognized books on comparative prophecy and philosophy.

2) Mrs. Pamela Malhotra—Co-chairperson and Secretary of SST; government public schools K-12, University of Maryland and Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA—double major in Political Science and History—graduated Summa cum Laude (Valedictorian); trained in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Abnormal Psychology; Reiki Master healer, trained in Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Vibrionics therapy—does charity work as the only health professional in remote villages in the Himalayas and in Kodagu District; primary caretaker of animals at Sanctuary; along with Dr. Malhotra, both author and subject of several articles/interviews/film documentaries on the environment, philosophy, politics and education.
3) Ms. Tara Chander—Trustee; B.A. with Teaching Certificate in German language and literature from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts; Masters in Education Administration from University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1993; since Oct. 2003, Senior Manager of one of the leading IT companies of the world.
4) Dr. S.R. Prakash—Trustee; National College, Bangalore—Pre-University Bachelor of Veterinary Science, U.A.S., Bangalore; Masters in Veterinary Science, Veterinary College, U.A.S., Bangalore, 1989; member of ‘Ethics Committee for Animal Care,’ Dayanandsagar Medical College; ‘on call’ for all animal emergencies at Sanctuary; runs own veterinary clinic in Bangalore, India.
1) Dr. M.K. (Taumey) Mahendrappa—Senior Soil Scientist for the Canadian National Forest Service (twice awarded by the Canadian Government for his environmental work), Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Atlantic Forestry Center.
2) Air Marshal K.C. Cariappa, PVSM, VM, IAF (retired)—son of Field Marshal Cariappa (Independent India’s first Commander-in-Chief), nephew of General Thimayya, (also India’s Commander-in-Chief); former president of Coorg Wildlife Society; served on Karnataka State Wildlife Advisory Board; Honorary Wildlife Warden for the State of Karnataka, India; current environmental work includes promotion of a ‘Peace Park’ in the Siachen Glacier area of the Himalayas.
3) Mr. Ram Mohan Ray—Principal Chief Conservator of Forests for the State of Karnataka, India (retired end February 2007)—Awarded by the Government of India as the Best Organizer and Administrator of Ecotourism Venture of ‘Jungle Lodges;’ author of several books on birds and wildlife.
© 2007 - 2008. Sai Sanctuary. All

Source: SAI Sanctuary Website


Popular posts from this blog


The King of Ragas: Sankarabharanam