They bought a forest in 1991 and spent 26 years reforesting; that's how it looks now


If you have ever wanted to immortalize your love in an epic way, Pamela Malhorta and her husband Anil Malhortha have a great idea to share. Both are owners of the Sai shrine, the only place of private wildlife in India. Since 1991, they have reforested and protected more than 300 hectares of forest, where they give shelter and love to more than 200 species of plants and animals in danger of extinction.

The sanctuary is located in the Kodagu district, a site in India that was 86 percent forest, and which today only retains 16 percent of its original extension. This has caused a disastrous effect because the drought is evident. The couple is trying to fix the problem by giving the environment a second chance.

His love story began in 1960

After the death of Anil's father, the couple traveled to India, and although the place was beautiful, the Malhotras noticed that something was not right.

There was so much deforestation, the river was polluted and nobody seemed to care.

The harshness of the place made them question what was happening

When we arrived here at the beginning, most of the lands that had been sold to us were abandoned. There were only abandoned rice, coffee and cardamom fields. It was very deforested.

In 1991 they bought a plot of land south of Brahmagari

Giving life to the forest took many years, care and energy to replant it.

Both abandoned their formal jobs

I remember walking through the woods and not hearing anything other than the sound of my own feet.

They forgot the luxuries

Now, it's a place full of sounds.

But they found their destiny

We both feel great joy when we walk through the sanctuary. I have never felt so much happiness with anything else I have done in my life

The district of Kodagu, south of India, was dying

Due to extreme deforestation the lands seemed dead.

Pamela Malhotra and Anil Malhotra, changed everything

Seeing the devastation that man had created in nature, they began to work hard.

They decided to found the Sai shrine

They invested all their savings in creating a sanctuary friendly to the environment.

Both replant trees

They have recovered the brush of approximately 300 hectares.

More than 200 species live in the sanctuary

Here plants and animals in danger of extinction find a shelter.

They love their new life

Both love their lifestyle and say they do not regret having made this decision.

This is a nice way to leave a mark

The sanctuary has a beautiful forest that elephants, tigers, leopards, deer, snakes, birds and hundreds of other animals call home. Naturalists and scientists come to do research.

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