India's richest family have unveiled their lavish plan for the world's biggest zoo with a massive 280-acre plot of land.
The Ambani clan, who own the $168 billion company Reliance, are planning to house around 100 different species in the zoo and build an animal rescue sanctuary in the city of Jamnagar, western India.
But the Ambanis, who have seen the likes of Hillary Clinton and Priyanka Chopra attend their family weddings, have sparked anger among animal rights activists after two rare black panthers were transferred from a state-run zoo to their own private establishment in a 'hush-hush' move.
India's richest family have unveiled their lavish plan for the world's biggest zoo with a massive 280-acre plot of land. Pictured: India's richest man Mukesh Ambani with his wife NitaInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The project is the brain child of Anant Ambani, 25, (pictured left at his sister Isha's wedding) the son of the 12th richest man in the world and chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani
The project is the brain child of Anant Ambani, 25, the son of the 12th richest man in the world and chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, reports The Week.
The zoo, which will be called 'Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom', will be home to 100 different species of animals, birds and reptiles from around the world including the African lion, Komodo dragon, gorillas and giraffes, according to local media.
The exotic animals will be housed in sections called Forest of India, Marshes of West Coast and Exotic Island among others.
Despite it being in its early days, the zoo has already stirred up controversy among local animal rights groups.
In January, the Ambani family, who have a net worth of about $80 billion, were able to strike a deal and acquire a pair of two rare black panthers from the state-run Guwahati zoo, reported the Times of India. In exchange, Reliance Industries gave the zoo two pairs of zebra from Israel.
But the Ambanis have sparked anger among animal rights activists after two rare black panthers were transferred from a state-run zoo to their own private establishment in a 'hush-hush' move (file photo)
But many activists and the local ruling political party Assam Pradesh Congress Committee have condemned the move.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'It seems that even wild animals kept in captivity in zoos cannot escape from the tentacles of big corporate houses as the recent 'hush-hush' transfer of two black panthers from the State Zoo in Guwahati to a zoo in Gujarat being set up by the Reliance group of the Ambanis has proved,' the party told Northeast Now News.
Around 100 activists from the Chiriakhana Suraksha Mancha group gathered outside of the Ambani's zoo to protest against the transfer on Sunday.
'We decided to stage the protest to highlight the irregularities taking place inside the zoo and also the transfer of the two black panthers in gross violation of rules,' Rajkumar Baishya, general secretary of the Mancha, told The Telegraph India.
The world's largest zoo is just one of a number of extravagant purchases made by the Ambani family.
They own the Mumbai Indians cricket franchise which features some of the game's biggest stars and have previously been linked with buying Liverpool or West Ham football clubs.
The Ambanis are no strangers to A-List stars - and a string of celebrities are always invited to their famous family weddings. Pictured: Tony and Cherie Blair