Dr. Prakash Amte and his wife, Dr. Mandakini Amte have dedicated their lives to helping both the animals and people of Hemalkasa, Maharashtra in India.
Prakash said the project namely Lok Biradari Prakalp started in the year 1973, providing medical assistance to tribal people with many problems in the beginning.
He said they were motivated by the incident that took place at their area of residence.
“One day we saw a group of tribal people coming back from hunting. We saw that two monkeys were tied on the bamboo stick and two men were carrying them on their shoulders. A baby monkey was attached to his dead mother’s breast and was drinking her milk. We felt extremely terrible.So we trade food with villagers to rescue the animals”
Prakash and his family then welcomed the monkey into their home and raised it.
The family then started providing rice and vegetables to the tribes in exchange for animals that they rescued, including a baby bear.
“The problem was we didn’t know anything about veterinary or had studied any books about it. But we all wished that the animals should live here comfortably. Medicine was for humans but if the animals faced any problem, we would adjust the dosages and give them it.”
For the last 20 years, the Amte family have rescued hundreds of animals including jackals, leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, giant squirrels, rat-tail langurs, four-horned antelopes, blackbuck antelopes, rat snakes, Indian pythons, crocodiles, monitor lizards, hyenas, peacocks, spotted deer, and porcupines.
“In the future, we hope to help breed endangered species, animals from other sanctuaries, and release them into the wild they are ready.” he said
Prakash and his family enjoy to live with the animals.
So far,the family’s efforts have been rewarded with numerous awards, including the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in 2014 and they were the subjects of a movie biopic, Dr. Prakash Baba Amte: The Real Hero in 2014
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