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Couple Buys 35 Acres of Land Next to a Tiger Reserve to Let the Forest Expand and Thrive

 

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Spurred on by his love of nature and a desire to help wildlife, photographer Aditya Singh decided to quit his day job in 1998 and live in a remote corner of Rajasthan, next to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. He and his wife Poonam instantly fell in love with the wilderness and the animals who thrived there, so they decided to stay, protect, and even expand the land.

“The area is called Bhadlav. I had first gone to this area soon after settling in Ranthambore along with a BBC filmmaker,” reveals Singh. “This area adjacent to the boundary of the Ranthambore reserve was visited by predators like tigers who used to come for prey. As a result, farmers were selling their land.”

Singh and Poonam opened a tourist resort in order to earn a living, but still wanted to allow the wild areas of the reserve to remain natural and peaceful. Over the last 20 years, the pair bought around 35 acres of land, allowing the tiger reserve to expand and remain untouched by new built developments. Today, the area has become a lush green forest with several watering holes, where tigers, leopards, and wild boars roam free.

The Singhs’ land is now worth Rs 1 crore ($140,000), but they aren’t planning to sell it any time soon. In fact, they plan to buy even more land, and Singh wants to inspire others to do the same. “Money was never the consideration. It is just about my love for nature and wildlife,” he says. “Instead, these days I am getting queries from people across India who want to replicate a similar model in their state.”

Aditya Singh and his wife Poonam bought around 35 acres of land surrounding Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, allowing the land and the animals who live on it to thrive.

 

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Today, the area has become a lush green forest, where tigers and other wild animals roam free.

 

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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