LONDON: British Indian parliamentarian and leading entrepreneur Lord Swraj Paul has announced that he will be donating £1 million to London Zoo for a major new project to create the Angad Paul African Reserve in memory of his late son.
Lord Paul, the chief of the Caparo Group has a close association with London Zoo and has donated to it substantially over the years.
This donation, in particular, will aid the redevelopment of the zoo’s aviary and the surrounding area.
At an annual event held in memory of his children at London Zoo, Lord Paul said:
“I have now decided to give 1 million pounds to the zoo for its next major project, the redevelopment of the Snowden Aviary and the surrounding area, which will be called the Angad Paul African Reserve.
The Indian born industrialist added:
“Dominic Jermey, the Director General, and the team are working very hard to open it next year.”
In 1993, the 88-year-old helped and saved London Zoo from bankruptcy by donating £1 million to develop a new children’s zoo section which was in the memory of his late daughter Ambika, who loved the zoo.
His daughter, born in Kolkata in 1963, died of leukaemia aged four in April 1968, after the family moved to the UK.