Meet Bangalore Zoo’s Adorable Baby Elephant Sudha. She Has an Infosys Connection


Meet Bangalore Zoo’s Adorable Baby Elephant Sudha. She Has an Infosys Connection

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

Infosys Foundation’s Chairperson Sudha Murthy earned another feather in her cap this week, after a zoo in Bangalore decided to name an elephant calf after her, in recognition of her contribution towards wildlife conservation in the country.

The little calf was born on August 17 in the Bannerghatta Biological Park, just two days before her namesake, the author, philanthropist and wife of Infosys founder Narayan Murthy celebrated her 70th birthday.

The Infosys Foundation, which Mrs Murthy runs, has made significant contributions to the park, including to the tiger, giraffe, and zebra enclosures.

Murthy and the Foundation have also in the past addressed concerns, and lent a helping hand to help solve the park’s water storage problems, as well as issues related to staff welfare, the executive director of the park and zoo, Vanashree Vipin Singh said.

Taking into account her numerous personal visits to the biological park to monitor progress, reports said, the staff eventually decided on naming the calf Sudha. Wildlife conservationists were on board with the plan, considering the amount of good work done by the Infosys Foundation.

This isn’t the first time the park has acknowledged the efforts of wildlife conservationists. “In the past, I named one elephant after Tulsi Gowda who was a Padma Shri awardee,” the park’s executive director and senior IFS officer, Singh, was quoted as saying.

“She was from Karnataka and had done a lot of plantation work. It was done to recognise her services to environmental causes.”

With the arrival of a new calf, meanwhile, the Bannerghatta Biological Zoo, which spreads over nearly 73 thousand hectares in Karnataka, now has a total of 25 elephants. Considering young Sudha was named after such a beloved figure, we’re sure she will be well taken care of.