A Success Story from Anant Ambani’s Vantara: Injured Wild Jackal Recovers, Is Now Thriving

Last Updated: February 27, 2024, 12:59 IST

The wild jackal that recovered at Vantara. (News18)

The wild jackal that recovered at Vantara. (News18)

A wild jackal, with a history of accident and inability to move its hindquarters, was handed over to the Vantara rescue team. The animal has now recovered and is thriving

As Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation on Monday announced the launch of their Vantara (Star of the Forest) programme, an umbrella initiative to focus on rescue, treatment, care and rehabilitation of injured, abused and threatened animals, both in India and abroad, here’s a heartwarming rescue story.

A wild jackal was rescued by the forest department with a history of accident and inability to move its hindquarters and was handed over to the Vantara rescue team. The animal was swiftly moved to a quarantine facility and kept under critical care for treatment for pressure injuries and infections.

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Further investigation with radiography revealed overriding fracture and dislocation of the first lumbar vertebrae.

The animal was stable for surgery and correction of the overriding fracture and dislocation was done using k-wires and pinning. The animal recovered successfully from surgery and after rest period, it was put to physiotherapy in a wheelchair and after few months of physiotherapy the animal made a remarkable recovery.

The result: The jackal has now recovered and thriving.


The brainchild of Anant Ambani, Director on the boards of RIL and Reliance Foundation, Vantara is spread over 3,000 acres within the Green Belt of Reliance’s Jamnagar Refinery Complex in Gujarat. It houses a Centre for Elephants with state-of-the-art shelters, scientifically designed day-and-night enclosures, hydrotherapy pools, water bodies and a large elephant jacuzzi for treating arthritis in elephants. For other wild animals that have been deployed in circuses or congested zoos, a 650-acre Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre has been created, where animals from distressed and dangerous environments from India and all over the world are rescued and housed in state-of-the-art large enclosures and shelters.

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Over the last few years, the programme has rescued more than 200 elephants, and thousands of other animals, reptiles and birds from unsafe situations. It has undertaken initiatives in key species, including rhino, leopard and crocodile rehabilitation.


Jamnagar, which houses Vantara, will also host the three-day pre-wedding bash for Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant from March 1 to 3. Day 1 is called An Evening in Everland, with the dress code listed as “elegant cocktail”. Day 2 will host A Walk on the Wildside with “jungle fever” the suggested dress code. The final day will also comprise two events. The first one, Tusker Trails, suggests “casual chic” dressing, as guests are expected to further explore the green ambience of Jamnagar. The final party, Hashtakshar, calls for an elegant evening with heritage Indianwear.

According to reports, among those expected at the event are Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Morgan Stanley CEO Ted Pick, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Disney CEO Bob Iger, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, Adnoc CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, and EL Rothschild chair Lynn Forester de Rothschild. ⁠Many more VIPs will be coming, especially tycoons from India and people from the world of entertainment.

Famous international artists, including Rihanna and magician David Blaine, are set to perform at the pre-wedding festivities. Top Indian musicians who will perform include Arijit Singh, Ajay-Atul and Diljit Dosanjh.

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