Pamela Malhotra and her husband, Dr. Anil Malhotra, are two amazing people. Almost twenty years ago they bought 22 hectares of abandoned land in southern India. The barren land was depleted by years of use as agricultural land.
The couple had a dream of creating a private nature reserve where it would be safe to grow and keep animals. It took quite some time, but they reached their goal. The area is now filled with wildlife and lush vegetation.
The spouses say they have indeed fulfilled and exceeded their original plan, but this does not stop them from thinking about further improvements in terms of providing living conditions for animals.
They turned nothing into something.
Once it was 22 hectares of land used to grow cardamom and coffee, which is common in southern India.
They began to work with a completely depleted earth.
She was practically dead, and there was no wildlife there.
The recovery took more than two decades.
The couple spent 26 years working. They brought the earth back to life and turned it into a beautiful place, which it now is.
Nothing could force them to abandon the set goal.
The couple planted and cultivated many local trees and plants. In the end, the terrain revived.
A beautiful forest was created by their labor.
The hard work of the Malhotra spouses turned this area into an excellent house for animals.
Now the forest life is boiling here.
The area is filled with all kinds of wildlife. Leopards, river otters, Bengal tigers, Asian elephants and civets live in the reserve.
And everything started with 22 hectares of land. Now it is as much as 121 hectares of protected land.
The land of the Malhotra family became the first private nature reserve in India. They call them SAI Nature Reserve.
They coped with their task, although those around them did not believe.
Everyone thought they were crazy when the couple started their project many years ago. However, now their dream has come true.
No matter how long it takes, never give up your dream.
Pamela told me when they first started coming to this territory, it was very quiet there. All they heard was their own steps. Now the area is full of sounds of active wildlife.
See how the SAI Nature Reserve has been modified.