The Ambanis are looking out for a new venture in the country with the billions of dollars the family owns. As such, their next project is the construction of the world’s biggest zoo in Gujarat, the clan’s home state that also houses its firm, the Reliance Industries Ltd.’s oil-refining department.
The list of animals to become an attraction in the zoo of the Asia’s richest family includes Komodo dragons, cheetahs and several kinds of birds. According to reports, these animals will be placed under various categories in the zoo namely, Dragon’s Land, Land of Rodent, Forest of India, Exotic Island, Marshes of West Coast, Indian Desert, Frog House, An Insectarium and Aquatic Kingdom.
The inhabitants also include species from around the world and not just India like the Indian wolf, zebra, giraffe, African elephant, Asiatic lion, sloth bear, Bengal tiger, Malayan tapir, gorilla, pygmy hippo, cheetah, lion, jaguar, fishing cat, orangutan, African lion, lemur and more.
The zoo, which is slated to open by 2023, will also offer a rescue center for aiding the local government, the Reliance corporate affairs director, Parimal Nathwani said.
A representative of Reliance denied to answer queries regarding the expenses for building the zoo and other details.
Anant Ambani, the youngest son of Mukesh Ambani, chairman of the conglomerate, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is heading the project that will be spread over 280 acres of land near Moti Khavdi’s refinery project of their company in Jamnagar.
Having around $80 billion to their name, the Ambanis have continued to scale their business- owning the Mumbai Indian team of IPL and a soccer league that began in 2014. Apart from this, the clan started venturing into public-facing ventures as Nita Ambani became a part of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board in the year 2019.
“They have the economic horsepower to turn fantasy into reality. Investing in public spaces can help both a family’s and its company’s image, in turn aiding profitability and mitigating potentially negative exposure. It can also affirm a wealth holder’s standing in society and publicly cement a family’s legacy well into the future,“ Rebecca Gooch, director of research at Campden Wealth, said.