Anybody who has lived in Chennai during their childhood or has children who live in Chennai would have visited the famed snake park at Guindy at least once. A favourite evening getaway for the family enthralling children of all ages, COVID -19 has forced the shut down of this public mini zoo for prolonged periods of time and is at a precarious stage of a permanent shutdown. All reserves have dried up and day-to-day activities like the feeding of the inhabitants and running of the snake park are being challenged.
The plight of the Guindy Snake Park was highlighted in the newspapers recently. Contrary to popular notion, this is neither aided nor funded by the government, though it is established on government land.
The Chennai Snake Park Trust is a not-for-profit NGO constituted in 1972. This zoo is India’s very first reptile park. It was started by well-known naturalists Romulus Whitaker, Doris Norden Chattopadhyaya, M. Krishnan, Harry Miller, Dr. M.V. Rajendran, A.N. Jagannatha Rao, and S. Meenakshisundaram to name a few. Currently, the Trust is managed by a group of thirteen Trustees of which eight are elected and five ex officio. Recognised as a medium zoo by Central Zoo Authority in 1995. The Snake Park aims to maintain and display a captive collection of snakes and other reptiles for public viewing and educational purposes, promote knowledge and dispel myths about these beautiful animals by conducting awareness programmes, especially to rural children; to undertake wildlife research and also periodically publish many wildlife books and journals. This zoo houses 35 species of Indian and foreign reptiles totalling over 225 individuals and runs in self-sustenance, with occasional external support.
The Guindy Snake Park heavily depends on ticket sales to sustain and that being completely shut, this fundraiser will help monthly feed and expenses of the inhabitants as well as the caretakers.
It's our fervent appeal to every individual to donate as much as you can. Any sum, small or big, will help reach our target. The donation will be sent to the Trust's bank account directly via Milaap.
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